(Science: zoology) a beautiful bright-coloured European finch (Carduelis elegans). The name refers to the large patch of yellow on the wings. The front of the head and throat are bright red; the nape, with part of the wings and tail, black; called also goldspink, goldie, fools coat, drawbird, draw-water, thistle finch, and sweet William.
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... that the bird's feathers and its last meal of tiny shrimp can be seen, the science journal Nature reported August 1, 1996. About the size of a goldfinch, the bird sports a tuft of feathers technically known as an alula, or bastard wing, that would have helped it stay aloft at slow speeds. Airplanes ...
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