Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

I took this photo on our recent trip to the Tara National Park. It was early morning and I was on an overlook near Kaluderske Bare and two finches were playing around the pine trees on the cliff.

This is one of the most common finches in Europe. It is a common pet bird and gets its name from eating wheat seeds on farms. I didn’t hear the song and would have liked to record it. I don’t see this bird in Belgrade. In Serbian it is known as the “zeba.”

From the Nature BBC Website
Chaffinches are cheerful garden visitors that have been known to live for a remarkable 14 years. Males are recognisable for their pink cheeks and chest and blue-grey nape and crown; both sexes have distinctive white flashes on their wings.

During winter European chaffinches migrate to Britain. Curiously, it’s typically the females that migrate as the males prefer to remain in northern Europe. These remaining lone males give rise to their Latin name “coelebs” meaning bachelor.

Chaffinches are one of the most common birds in Britain, with almost six million breeding pairs. Their distinctive, jangling songs vary from bird to bird, and there are even regional dialects in different parts of the UK.


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