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Brambling

The Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla), is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. It is common and widespread throughout the forests of northern Europe and Asia. It migrates to southern Europe, North Africa, Northern Pakistan, north India, China, and Japan when winter approaches. It sometimes strays into Alaska during migration and may continue as far south as the western United States. Its habitat is coniferous or birch woodland.

The Brambling is similar in size and shape to a chaffinch, but has a pale rump and lacks white outer tail feathers. It has a dark back, orange breast and whitish belly. The large double wing bars are orange or white. The breeding male is clearly identifiable, with his orange underside and black head and back.

This species can form large flocks outside the breeding season, sometimes mixed with Chaffinches. These large gathering occur especially if there is a good supply of Beech nuts. The food is seeds, but unlike most finches, the young are fed extensively on insects. It builds its nest in a tree fork, and decorates the exterior with moss or lichen to make it less conspicuous. It lays 4-9 eggs.

Brambling


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