the hawfinch (coccothraustes coccothraustes) is a passerine bird in the finch family fringillidae. its closest living relatives are the evening grosbeak (hesperiphona vespertinus) from north america and the hooded grosbeak (hesperiphona abeillei) from central america especially mexico. this bird breeds across europe and temperate asia. it is mainly resident in europe, but many asian birds migratefurther south in the winter. it is a rare vagrant to the western islands of alaska.