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Brambling

(Fringilla montifringilla)
Alternate name(s): "Mountain Finch", "Cock o' the North"
German name(s): "Bergfink", "Nordfink", "Brämling"

Size: 14-16 cm
Weight: 17-30 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Brambling at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a male Brambling in breeding plumage; note the black head and bill - the greyish parts may indicate that it is starting to moult into its non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

NON-BREEDING

Lateral view of a male Brambling in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Vlasina Lake, Serbia, October 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a male Brambling in non-breeding plumage; note the scalloping on the back and the grey around the nape of the neck (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

FEMALE

NON-BREEDING

Lateral view of a female Brambling in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Vlasina Lake, Serbia, October 2019]

Distant view of a small flock of Bramblings feeding in a fallow field; female in non-breeding plumage on the right
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, January 2019]

Behaviour

In some years Bramblings form enormous flocks, with numbers ranging in the millions reported e.g. in 2009.

Food, Diet

Distant view of Bramblings in a mixed flock of sparrows and finches feeding in a fallow irrigated peanut field; male in non-breeding plumage on the left, female on the right [with the off-white front] (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, January 2019]

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