Chaffinch ( Fringilla coelebs )
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Chaffinch is resident in the British Isles, Western Europe and in the north-west and south of Africa. In summer it is also seen in Scandinavia and in Eastern Europe. It inhabits woodlands, gardens and parks, where it finds enough food.
These birds are 16 cm (6 inches) long. They have got a small head with a small bill. There is a black band above their bill. Their plumage is grayish or pinkish. Wings are black with white stripes.
Fringilla coelebs lives in groups during the winter time, whereas the rest time of the year it behaves rather territorial. This territorial behavior is significant especially during the breeding season, when cock birds are trying to drive away all rivals. Finches live in a cup-shaped nest, often situated in a tree fork. The female bird lays up to five eggs, which are light brown or blue with dark spots. They are usually found hopping on the ground searching for seeds, berries and small invertebrates.