Male-Chaffinch

Male-Chaffinch

The male Chaffinch with it’s rose-pink breast is strikingly different from the female; they both share the same wing pattern but the female has a plainer brown breast.
Chaffinches are widespread and can be found almost anywhere there is a source of food – woodlands, parks, hedgerows and farmland. The nest is cup shaped and made from tightly weaved moss, grass and lichen, and the lining is made from animal hair giving it warmth. The female Chaffinch only lays a few eggs, 3 to 5, which are sometimes spotted but not always, and they are white to browny-blue. The incubation period takes about 14 days and is only done by the female. Both adults feed the young while in the nest on insects, aphids, caterpillar larvae and food from bird tables if available, and the chicks will fledge after two weeks. Chaffinches may have 2 broods in a season if the first brood is successful and there is enough food for a second brood of chicks. Weather conditions will also play a part in the timing of a second brood.

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