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Common Chaffinch

(Fringilla coelebs)
Alternate name(s): "Chaffinch"
German name(s): "Buchfink"

Size: 14-16 cm; wing span 24.5-28.5 cm
Weight: 15-30 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Chaffinch at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "coelebs"

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Frontal view of a male Common Chaffinch in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Lateral view of a male Common Chaffinch in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Lateral view of a Common Chaffinch, slightly different posture (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Common Chaffinch in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Dorsal view of a male Common Chaffinch in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a male Common Chaffinch with a rather pale front; this bird may still be moulting into its breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Race "sarda"

ADULT

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Common Chaffinch (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Near-frontal view of a female Common Chaffinch (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Lateral view of a Common Chaffinch in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Common Chaffinch in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Food, Diet

Like all finches known to us, Common Chaffinches are mainly seed-eaters.

Male Common Chaffinch drinking water from a tiny, muddy puddle (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Male Common Chaffinch drinking water from a tiny, muddy puddle (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Female Common Chaffinch taking a berry (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, September 2016]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

chfinch_dw_20160529.mp3 coelebs
(Poland)
Territorial calls (male) © DW
chfinch_dw_20160507.mp3 coelebs
(Poland)
? © DW

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