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Common Chaffinch, Pinzón vulgar

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. The female is drabber and greener, but still obvious. Eats insects in summer, mostly caterpillars from foliage; otherwise takes seeds, shoots, and berries; visits bird-tables for seed mixtures, especially sunflower seeds. Direct flight, quite quick, undulating; with bursts of wingbeats between glides with wings closed.


Spotted in a clearing in a pine tree forest.


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/320 sec.; f/9; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash

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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Spotted on Mar 17, 2014
Submitted on Mar 28, 2014

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