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Common Chaffinch / Buchfink (female)

Fringilla coelebs


Island in Lake Constance with lots of vegetable farming and a wetland nature preserve nearby.

2 Species ID Suggestions

HemaShah 9 years ago
European Pied FLycatcher (Female)
Ficedula hypoleuca European Pied Flycatcher

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Birds of Europe by Lars Jonsson is one of the best field guides. It has recently been updated. Clements Checklists are a free download here:

Ursula Fricke
Ursula Fricke 9 years ago

Thanks Pedro and Malcom, I appreciate the help. I'm really not good at the whole dimorphism thing. ;)

@Malcom - I thought I saw a hint of white at the throat, that's why I followed Jemma's suggestion. And thanks for the explanation about the red kite.

Does anybody have a good tip for field guides? I have the German edition of Birds of Britain and Europe by Rob Hume and am waiting for The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World, plus a small book promising id in 3 easy steps (never trust an ad... :D) called "Vögel" by Einhard Bezzel, which I hate. It needn't be in German, English is just fine.

Definitely Chaffinch female. For info Pied Flycatcher female has white throat, breast and belly and white wing bars are further back on the folded wings and do not reach the leading edge. Flycatcher legs are much darker.
Red Kites normally go for carrion rather than live food and would not chase through trees like a Sparrowhawk. If they take small birds it is usually from open fields so more likely to be larks, pipits or wagtails taken in low, fast flight just above the ground and grabbed by one foot in passing.

PedroNicolau 9 years ago

It's a female Chaffinch!

Ursula Fricke
Ursula Fricke 9 years ago

Thanks, I've read some more yesterday and I can say I would be more confident if I could see more of the sides / wings.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Ursula,it does look like that.
You can also wait till Liam sees it.Bird Expert.

Ursula Fricke
Ursula Fricke 9 years ago

I imagine very. It didn't move the whole time we were there (parking the car and changing shoes), although it was a really busy parking lot. Unfortunately there was even a cat around... caught between a rock and a hard place. ;)

And thanks for pointing me in any direction, I was looking at passerines, but that's still a whole lot of birds to cover. Female European Pied Flycatcher maybe?

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

I am just trying to imagine how scared this little bird must be!! It is cute!!
Could it possibly be a flycatcher?

Ursula Fricke
Ursula Fricke 9 years ago
Ursula Fricke
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Ursula Fricke

Reichenau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Spotted on May 13, 2011
Submitted on May 23, 2013

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