Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

Generally less common and not nearly so ubiquitous as the Chaffinch, the Brambling can nevertheless gather in gigantic flocks in winter, especially in central Europe. In the west, their numbers fluctuate from year to year with the food supply, especially tree seeds such as beech-mast. Spring males can often be seen in fine summer plumage in their winter quarters before they migrate.

VOICE Flight call slightly harder than Chaffinch, single tchek, distinctive nasal tsweek; song includes deep, nasal, buzzing dzeeee note like Greenfinch.

NESTING Cup of lichen, bark, roots, and stems, lined with hair and feathers; 5-7 eggs; 1 brood; May-June. FEEDING Eats insects in summer, seeds at other times; often on ground feeding on beech-mast.

This entry was posted in FINCHES Family Fringillidae and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s