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Hawfinch (Coccothraustes Coccothraustes)


Hawfinchs are thickset, short-necked birds with large heads and long tails. Their most striking features are a large triangle-shaped beak and prominent black and white wing and tail marking. They have reddish grey underparts with a black bib and a white vent. Their dark wings have white and rust-coloured shoulder patches and a white wing bar nearer wingtips. Their heads are largely rusty brown, but they have grey neck markings that form a collar round the back of their necks.The Hawfinch is a shy species that is difficult to observe as they spend most of the day on top of high branches, only sighted on the ground looking for seeds or drinking water, though will always be near trees. 

Hawfinch is abundant in deciduous and mixed forests, orchards, parks and also in the vegetation along the streams.


Seeds of trees and shrubs, buds.Able to crack seed coverings as large as cherry stones with its strong beak.

Protection Status

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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