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Chaffinch

Description


The chaffinch is Europe’s most common finch, and is arguably the most colourful of the UK's finches.

You'll usually hear chaffinches before you see them, with their loud song and varied calls. In Belgium, the ancient traditional sport of vinkenzetting pits male chaffinches against one another in a contest for the most bird calls in an hour.

The staple food of the Chaffinch is seeds, but unlike most finches, the young are fed extensively on insects. The adults diet is mainly, invertebrates during the summer, otherwise mostly seeds, the Chaffinch probably has the widest diet of the finche family. 
 

Facts

Egg Weight
2.2 g

Egg Size
19 x 15 mm

Habitat
Forest, woodland, farmland (especially Beech woods)

Wingspan
26cm

Weight
24g

Length
14cm

Status in UK
Resident Breeder, passage / winter visitor

Conservation Status UK
GREEN

Number in Britain
11.2million

Clutch Size
4 - 5 eggs

Incubation
12 - 13 days

Fledging
13 - 16 days

Number of broods
1

First clutch laid
late April

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