Coccothraustes coccothraustes - Hawfinch:

Summary Information
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The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
Distribution Palearctic; winters to northern Africa, southern Asia (B89)
Habitat Breeding - "Deciduous or mixed woodland, parks, large orchards; locally in pine forests" (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - mainly seeds, sometimes insects
  • feeding behaviour - foliage gleaning


  • location and structure - cup nest in deciduous tree
  • nest building - female
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - patterned
  • number of eggs - 4-5 (2-7)
  • broods - 1 (2) broods
  • incubation - by female, female more than male; 9-14 days


  • development - Altricial
  • parental caring for young - by male and female
  • fledging - 10-14 days

(B163, B164)

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