Birds A-Z

Common Chaffinch

Fringilla coelebs


Stanislas Wroza, Xeno-canto


Key information: The Chaffinch is a small bird that is similar in size to the House Sparrow, but with a longer tail. The male has brighter colours than the female, especially in the spring and summer. Both sexes have distinct white wing bars, which helps in identification. In the summer months, it can be found in the mountains, while in winter, it comes to lower altitudes in areas with trees.

Length: 14 – 16 cm

Habitat: Mountains and forests, towns and villages, farmland

When they can be seen: All year round

What they eat: Invertebrates, seeds

In Cyprus: Can be seen all over Cyprus, in Troodos mountains in the summer, and in plains in the winter

Status: Resident breeder

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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