Thursday, August 15, 2013


The Chaffinch is a type of Finch.  These photos are of a male Chaffinch on Rabbit Island.  They are one of the most common Finches in New Zealand.  They are the only Finches seen in exotic forests.  There is nowhere too remote for the Chaffinch.

In autumn and winter they form flocks of hundreds of birds.  

The Chaffinch is an introduced species, they came to New Zealand in the 1860s. 

Chaffinch weigh 21 to 22 grams and they are 15cm long.  They eat farmers' crops.  

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