In much of Europe, this is one of the most elusive finches, but in southern Europe it can be remarkably approachable, even in suburban trees and orchards or clumps of cherries or olives. It is not, even then, very obvious, but can be located by its quiet, clicking calls.Where the Hawfinch is more typically shy, it may provide little more than a glimpse as it flies up through trees and away over the canopy.
It may sometimes be seen perched high on treetops, its size and stocky build then unlike other finches except for the Crossbill.
VOICE Call Robin-like, short, sharp, metallic tik or tzik, thin tzree, tikitik; weak, unmusical, scratchy song.
NESTING Nest of twigs, roots, and moss, lined with rootlets, in old tree; 4 or 5 eggs; 1 brood;April-May.
FEEDING Mostly takes large tree seeds, berries, cherries, and other fruit stones from trees; also picks hornbeam, sycamore, beech, and other seeds from ground in late winter.