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About the Chaffinch

Also known as: Spink

The Chaffinch is a cute little bird in the finch family. It is a common backyard bird in western Europe where it feeds on seeds. Chicks are fed insects in the nest. The breeding male is strikingly colored with a slate-blue cap and rusty red breast and face.

Chaffinches are widespread and very familiar throughout Europe. It is the most common finch in western Europe and ranges into western Asia, northwestern Africa, the Canary Islands and Madeira. On Tenerife and Gran Canaria, it coexists with its sister species, the endemic Blue Chaffinch.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 28 February 2008
Scientific Name Fringilla coelebs
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Fringilla
  • F. coelebs
Birdorable Family Finches
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 May 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
5.5 to 6.3 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia South Asia North Africa

International Names

  • Pěnkava Obecná (Czech)
  • Bogfinke (Danish)
  • Vink (Dutch)
  • Peippo (Finnish)
  • Pinson des Arbres (French)
  • Buchfink (German)
  • Fringuello (Italian)
  • ズアオアトリ (Zuaoatori) (Japanese)
  • Bokfink (Norwegian)
  • Zięba (Polish)
  • Зяблик (Russian)
  • Pinzón Vulgar (Spanish)
  • Bofink (Swedish)

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