Description, Biology, Life Cycle, Damage, Common Names, Images
- Chaffinches are present in all places with trees and are often found in the vicinity of houses. They are capable of adapting to many different environments and climates.
- Except during the breeding season, this species lives in flocks. It mixes with related species and visits sow fields and market garden crops (adopting a common resting place for the night). In the spring, each pair has its own and well-delimited territory which the male defends very fiercely.
- Chaffinches are sedentary in France. Spectacular migrations occur in which individuals from Scandinavia, Germany, Central Europe and Russia gather. This species spends the winter in France or the Iberian Peninsula from September-October to March-April.
- Feeding habits: except in the summer months, during which it feeds itself and its young with insects, the chaffinch is exclusively vegetable-eating (seeds of cultivated or wild plants, buds, berries, pulp of fruits).
- 4-5 eggs are laid in April-May, others in June.
- Locally, chaffinches eat seeds (oil plants) or, in the winter, attack fruit buds.
- The brambling (Fringilla montifringilla L.), a species not nesting in France, is more damaging.
DE: Buchfink ES: Pinzon FR: Pinson des arbres IT: Fringuello PT: Tentilhão comum GB: Chaffinch
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