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Hawfinch

Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Description:
This big finch has a powerful, triangular bill, a big head, thick neck and short tail. Its head is orange-brown and it has a black eye-stripe and bib. Its upper parts are dark brown and the underparts orange. Its white wing-bars and tail tip are noticeable in flight.

Habitat:
The non-migratory hawfinch can be found throughout Europe, with the exception of the far north and Ireland. It preferes deciduous and mixed woods, or parks with large trees.

Habits:
Wary and shy, the hawfinch spends most of its time hidden high in trees. It usually nests well up in deciduous trees, against the trunk or in a branch fork. It feeds mainly on hard seeds and fruit kernels, which it cracks open with its powerful beak, generatating a force of around 50 kilograms.

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