True wild Finches (Fringillidae) are spread across most of the earth's continents apart from Antarctica and surprisingly Australia. True finches are adapted for 'seed' eating and this is evident in their conical shaped bills that these birds sport.
It is also acknowledged that true finches generally have very colourful plumage's and are on the whole non migratory. Many birds in other families are also commonly called 'finches' including some African species which are very similar-looking like the Blue Waxbills (Uraeginthus angolensis) these are however from the family Estrildidae not Fringillidae.
As this site is primarily about South and Southern Africa, only Finches from the region will be discussed on these pages. These true African finches would include African Fire finches (Lagonosticta rubricata) or the Yellow fronted Canary (Serinus mozambicus) perhaps even though its a canary its still a part of the family (Fringillidae).
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