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Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)


The Chaffinch has a pink breast and cheeks, blue-grey crown and nape, and chestnut brown back. In summer, its bill is grey-blue, turning to pale brown in the winter. The female has an olive-brown back, and grey-brown underparts becoming almost white towards the rump, which is greenish. Its length is around 14.5cm and it weighs between 18-29 g.


Chaffinch’s habitats include hedges, woodland gardens and cultivated land.


They mainly eat seeds but also consume fruit and sometimes insects.

Protection status

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

Interesting Facts

Chaffinch’s’ take food directly from plants and only rarely ever use their feet for handling food.

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