Hawfinch

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Common Name: Hawfinch
Scientific Name: Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Size: 6.5-7 inches (16.5-18cm)

Habitat: Eurasia; breeds across Europe and temperate Asia. It is mainly resident in Europe, but many Asian birds migrate further south in the winter. It is a rare vagrant to the western islands of Alaska. Usually found in deciduous or mixed woodlands, including parkland, with large trees (especially Hornbeam) which is favored for breeding.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 15,000,000 - 50,000,000 Mature individuals. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Diet: Mainly seeds and fruit kernels (especially cherries).

Breeding: The sexes are similar. It builds its nest in a bush or tree, and lays 2-7 eggs.

Cool Facts: Hawfinches do not form large flocks outside the breeding season, and is usually seen in a pair or small group. Their song is quiet and mumbled.

Hawfinches closest living relatives are the Evening Grosbeak (C. vespertinus) from North America and the Hooded Grosbeak (C. abeillei) from Central America.


Found in Songbird ReMix European Edition 2

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