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|CHAFFINCH (FRINGILLA COELEBS)|
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), also called by a wide variety of other names, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae.
The Chaffinch's large double white wing bars, white tail edges and greenish rump easily identify this 14–16 cm long species. The breeding male is unmistakable, with his reddish underparts and a blue-grey cap. The female is drabber and greener, but still obvious.
The name chaffinch comes from Old English ceaffinc, literally "chaff finch", and is the source of the nickname chaffy or chaffie. The bird is so named for its tendency to peck the grain left out in farmyards, a habit which has also garnered it the names wheatbird and wheatsel-bird or wheatsel bird (from "wheatsel", a rare word meaning wheat drilling), the latter used primarily of male chaffinches (or "cock-chaffinches").
Distribution and habitat
This bird is widespread and very familiar throughout Europe. It is the most common finch in western Europe, and the second most common bird in the British Isles. Its range extends into western Asia, northwestern Africa, and Macaronesia, where it has many distinctive island forms. In the Canary Islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, the Chaffinch has colonised twice, giving rise to the the endemic species known as the Blue Chaffinch and a distinctive subspecies. In each of the Azores, in Madeira, and in the rest of the Canaries there is a single species on each island.
It uses a range of habitats, but open woodland is favoured, although it is common in gardens and on farmland.
This bird is not migratory in the milder parts of its range, but vacates the colder regions in winter. The coelebs part of its name means "bachelor". This species was named by Linnaeus; in his home country of Sweden, where the females depart in winter, but the males often remain. This species forms loose flocks outside the breeding season, sometimes mixed with Bramblings. This bird occasionally strays to eastern North America, although some sightings may be escapees.
It builds its nest in a tree fork, and decorates the exterior with moss or lichen to make it less conspicuous. It lays about six eggs, which are greenish-blue with purple speckling.
The main food of the chaffinch is seeds, but unlike most finches, the young are fed extensively on insects, and adults also eat insects in the breeding season.
The powerful song is very well known, and its fink or vink sounding call gives the finch family its English name. Males typically sing two or three different song types, and there are regional dialects too.
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- [2010-04-10 9:28]
Vad ca profiti de weekend di plin si ne mai dai o frumusete!
A lovely picture of this chaffinch.
The colours are lovely on his breast and the detail in the feathers is very good.
Good exposure, nice blurry background and a nice glint in his eye.
Great capture and TFS
Ciao Marius, lovely bird in nice pose against a fantastic blurry BG, splendid natural colors, fine details and wonderful sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
a fantastic portrait of a male Chaffinch taken from an excellent POV with outstanding sharpness and very beautiful cvolours, a very pleasant composition with a marvellous pose of the bird against a very good BG.
Have a good Sunday
extraordinary, beautiful color with excellent clarity and contrast. great POV
Great beautiful photo
Lovely composition with Perfect colors and AMAZING sharp details
Beautiful light, POV and BG
Ciao Marius. Great light, stuinning details, magnificent natural colours and excitign BG. Very well done!
- [2010-04-10 11:58]
a excellent shot of this cute chaffinch, I like especialy the blurred background on this one,excellent post,best regards Siggi
- [2010-04-10 12:10]
excellent picture of this lovely bird
- [2010-04-10 12:44]
Very good sharp detailed photo of this Chaffinch in beautiful saturated colours. Good pose with very pretty eye contact. Excellent composition and OOF BG.
Nice clean image fill with simplicity and harmony.I like it alot!
A classic and well-rounded picture in every way. Impressive quality of detail and perfect POV. Good work, thanks for sharing. Greetings, Jesús
- [2010-04-11 0:58]
Superba captura! Am si eu cateva pregatite.
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