Common Chaffinch
Song & Calls

Male Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Male Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Photo credit: Iskander Barrena Zubiaur / shutterstock.com

The Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) is a songbird found throughout Europe, the UK, parts of western Asia and coastal north Africa. It is an adaptable species and found in a range of habitats from woodlands to urban parks and gardens and is one of the commonest breeding bird species in the United Kingdom.

The cheery song of the male Chaffinch is a familar sound throughout much of it’s distribution, and consists of a descending rattle of musical notes followed by accelerated ending. These strident songs are usually repeated from a prominent perch in a tree. The quieter ‘subsong’ is given by both sexes and is usually heard from birds on the ground or concealed in dense cover.

Chaffinches also make a range of other calls including short, sharp, “pink” or “chink” notes, soft ‘yuep’ flight calls and an upslurred ‘huet’ whistle. Interestingly, another call-type of this species, the so-called ‘rain-song’ or ‘rain-call’ is thought by some to indicate impending rainfall, although this is disputed.

Listen to Common Chaffinch Sounds

The audio in the video below features the ‘pink’ calls and typical song of male Common Chaffiches in the foreground, along with a variety of other species heard in the background including Short-toed Treecreeper, Crested Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Jay, Eurasian Robin & Eurasian Wren. The common name for this species in Spanish is El Pinzón Vulgar. Recorded in Parque Natural de las Sierras de Cazorla in Andalucia, Spain.

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