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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. 
 

Quick Facts


Fledging
13 - 16 days

Incubation
12 - 13 days

Conservation Status UK
GREEN

Number in Britain
11.2million

Clutch Size
4 - 5 eggs

Status in UK
Resident Breeder, passage / winter visitor

Weight
24g

Length
14cm

Wingspan
26cm

Habitat
Forest, woodland, farmland (especially Beech woods)

Egg Size
19 x 15 mm

Egg Weight
2.2 g

Number of broods
1

First clutch laid
late April

 

 

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