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