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 Common Chaffinch   Fringilla coelebs


  

  Sonogram of Chaffinch song

Phillipsreut, Germany  48º 51' 30.1'' N  13º 40' 50.1'' W  25 June 2016

Territorial song from spruce plantation.

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Sonogram of Chaffinch song

Kindrogan FSC Field Centre, Enochdhu, Perthshire, Scotland  56º 44' 53.7'' N  03º 33' 02.4'' W  11 June 2015

Territorial song composed of two trilling phrases and a terminal flourish from a tree-fall area in a Sitka Spruce plantantion, bordering a slightly more open area with a few Sessile Oaks and Silver Birches. Song perches ranged from 2.5 to 10 metres. This individual had only one song type (~2.2 secs). Of a one hour recording (~263 strophes), it sang for 45 minutes and was silent for 15 mins (5.8 strophes/min during the active singing period). Song matching with neighbours. Subsequent observation failed to locate a female (though possibly incubating).

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Sonogram of Chaffinch song with terminal 'keek'

Mezni Louka, Hrensko, Czech Republic  18 June 2016

Territorial song from mixed spruce and oak. This song type contains a final keek element after the terminal flourish. Remarkably, following a stophe represented in the above sonogram, a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopus major) responds with its similar keek call, slightly lower in frequency. This seem to be widespread in eastern Europe, and I've heard it in Estonia, Poland and Finland. I've never heard a terminal keek in the British Isles.

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  Sonogram of Chaffinch song

Knockentiber - Springside Disused Railway Line, Ayrshire, Scotland  55º 37' 30.2'' N  04º 33' 8.6'' W

16 May 2010, 0841h

Territorial song of three trilling phrases and a terminal flourish from willow scrub: dry, 'unmusical' rendition.

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  Sonogram of Chaffinch song

Hornborgasjön, Västergötland, Sweden  58° 19' 18.48" N 13° 31' 28.18" E  4 April 2010

Territorial/advertising song from birch woodland on lake shore: more 'musical' rendition with initial Tree Pipit-like phrase and a terminal Great Spotted Woodpecker-like 'chick' element, characteristic of northern continental birds.

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    Sonogram of Chaffinch calls

Regent's Park, London, England   30 January 2011  1338h

Typical 'pink-pink' call, probably being used as an alarm here.

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Sonogram of Chaffinch 'rain' call

Camping Paradijs, Ceske Krumlov  48º 50' 22.6'' N  14º 22' 31.1'' W  25 June 2016

'Rain call' - an alarm call from a breeding male, often transcribed as huit.

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    Sonogram of Chaffinch song

Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, Extremadura, Spain  39° 43' 52.1" N  06° 01' 33.6" W  13 June 2013

Song from hot, dry scub/woodland above the Río Tajo.

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     Sonogram of Chaffinch song

Kindrogan, Perthshire, Scotland  9 June 2008, 0415h

Territorial song phrase of three descending phrases and a terminal flourish.

 

 

 

 

Sonogram of Chaffinch song

Kindrogan, Perthshire, Scotland  11 June 2008, 0435h

 

 

 

 

Sonogram of Chaffinch song

Parque Natural de Los Alcornocales, Andalucia, Spain  24 April 2009

Territorial song phrase from cork oak woodland

 

 

 

 

Sonogram of Chaffinch song

River Lee Country Park, Herts/Essex 2 May 2009

Territorial song phrase from open scrub/parkland.

 

 

 

 

Sonogram of Chaffinch song

River Lee Country Park, Herts/Essex 2 May 2009

Territorial song phrase from open scrub/parkland from another individual.

 

 

 

 

Sonogram of Chaffinch breeding calls

River Lee Country Park, Herts/Essex 2 May 2009

Breeding calls from a paired male.

 

 

 

 

Sonogram of Chaffinch song

Zebra Zubra, Bialowieza Forest, Poland  52º 42' 33.0'' N  23º 47' 52.5'' E   28 June 2009, 0952h

Single verse/strophe of territorial song from a bird singing in mixed forest along the Zebra Zubra trail in Bialowieza Forest; terminal flourish proceeded by a Great Spotted Woodpecker-like 'kick' (common in northern Europe but rare in the British Isles).

 

 

 

 

Sonogram of Chaffinch song

Zebra Zubra, Bialowieza Forest, Poland  52º 42' 33.0'' N  23º 47' 52.5'' E   28 June 2009, 0952h

Single verse/strophe of territorial song from a bird singing in mixed forest along the Zebra Zubra trail in Bialowieza Forest; terminal flourish proceeded by a Great Spotted Woodpecker-like 'kick' (common in northern Europe but rare in the British Isles).

 

 


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