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Moulting female chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Observed: 11th August 2013 By: hbrook1hbrook1’s reputation in Birdshbrook1’s reputation in Birdshbrook1’s reputation in Birdshbrook1’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

Observed on the edge of woodland in North Wales near a large waterfall.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) interacts

Comments

Martin Elcoate's picture

A bit scruffy but a Chaffinch

A bit scruffy but a Chaffinch all the same.

hbrook1's picture

Do you really think so? I

Do you really think so? I thought it had a bit too much yellow-green to be a chaffinch.

ophrys's picture

Moult

It's an adult Chaffinch undergoing its post-breeding moult. The tail has some old feathers and some new, as do the wings. Body feathers are bing replaced, too, so the whole bird does look pretty scruffy. Give it three or four weeks or so and it will be in full splendour again.

Chaffinch, incidentally, are that bright green on the back and rump.

Ian
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Cheers for your help :)

Cheers for your help :)