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Hawfinch

Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Description:

The 16.5–18 cm long hawfinch is a bulky bull-headed bird, which appears very short-tailed in flight. Its head is orange-brown with a black eyestripe and bib, and a massive bill, which is black in summer but paler in winter. The upper parts are dark brown and the underparts orange. The white wing bars and tail tip are striking in flight. The sexes are similar. The call is a hard chick. The song of this unobtrusive bird is quiet and mumbled.

Habitat:

The hawfinch typically inhabits deciduous forests during the spring to have offspring, often in trees that bear fruit, such as oak trees. They also incur into human areas, such as parks and gardens. They can also be found in pine woods, as long as there's a source of water in the vicinity. During autumn and winter they seek food-providing forests, especially those with cherry and plum trees. As for height, the hawfinch is present in any altitude up to that which is limited by the size of the trees.

Notes:

Photo taken @ Bikodze, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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Dijana Serhatlic
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Dijana Serhatlic

Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lat: 44.51, Long: 18.47

Spotted on Mar 23, 2018
Submitted on Nov 22, 2018

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