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Sunday, 23 February 2014


The chaffinch's powerful song is very well known, and its fink or vink sounding call gives the finch family its English name. Males typically sing two or three different song types, and there are regional dialects too.

Chaffinches use a complex syntax in their calls that combines distinct notes to convey meaning.

The main food of the Chaffinch is seeds, but unlike most finches, the young are fed extensively on insects, and adults also eat insects in the breeding season.

The chaffinch's typical lifespan is only three years, but the maximum age recorded is 15 years and 6 months for one in Switzerland.

The total population lies between 530–1,400 million individual chaffinches.

In Belgium, the ancient traditional sport of vinkenzetting pits male chaffinches against one another in a contest for the most bird calls in an hour.

Source Wikipedia

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