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Due to the great trade that was formed more than half a century ago around this bird, nowadays it is possible to see finches anywhere in the world. But, if you are thinking of taking care of one, what should you know about this species?

Types of finches

A very curious species

The finch, better known as Fringilla coelebs , is part of the Passeriformes , being originally from Sweden, where it was named by the researcher Linnaeus as Frigngilla coelebs. The term coelebs, which means single, is given because during the winter the females are the ones that migrate while the males are the ones that remain in the nest.

It usually lives in wooded places, but also can be found in gardens and farms. The nests are made in the trees, decorating them with moss and lichens. A bird that, over time, has also spread across the African and Asian continent because of the fame it has generated in recent years.

How is a finch?

The finch is a small bird, reaching up to 16 centimeters from the beak to the tail , being its size very similar to that of a sparrow. Apparently many people often confused with these species, but it is easy to differentiate by a white spot that has the shoulder and is more visible when the flight takes off.

It is easy to differentiate the male from the female thanks to the sexual dimorphism that they present . The males have different shades of salmon in the belly, chest and cheeks, in addition to their pileus and never have reflections of blue-gray colors. On the other hand, during the spring they have a black band on their foreheads. The females, on the other hand, have dull brown tones and in what coincide with the male is the greenish rump. It is possible to confuse it also with the royal finch, but it has some slight differences that make it easy to distinguish them.

t is a good flyer and is usually in the same place much of his life , since it is not a migratory bird, although this does not mean that with the arrival of winter do not lift the flight to find a warmer area.