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Common Chaffinch

Fringilla coelebs


The Common 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.


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 Common Chaffinch has colonised twice, giving rise to 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. (Wikipedia)

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Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 11 years ago

Thanks for your comments!
Despite being a very common bird, I'm not used to see them where I live.

GerryBates 11 years ago

I didn't know we have these beautifully coloured finches in The Netherlands, my old home-country! Nice capture!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

beautifully colored birds!

Noe and Pili
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Noe and Pili

Rheden, Gelderland, Netherlands

Spotted on Jun 10, 2012
Submitted on Jul 30, 2012

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