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Specie: Hawfinch, male
Location: ZOO, Warsaw, Poland

The Hawfinch, Coccothraustes coccothraustes_, is a passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. Its closest living relatives are the Evening Grosbeak (C. vespertinus_) from North America and the Hooded Grosbeak (C. abeillei) from Central America especially Mexico.

This bird breeds across Europe and temperate Asia. It is mainly resident in Europe, but many Asian birds migrate further south in the winter. It is a rare vagrant to the western islands of Alaska.

The 16.5–18 cm long Hawfinch is a bulky bull-headed bird, which appears very short-tailed in flight. Its head is orange-brown with a black eyestripe and bib, and a massive bill, which is black in summer but paler in winter. The upper parts are dark brown and the underparts orange.The food is mainly seeds and fruit kernels, especially those of cherries, which it cracks with its powerful bill. This large finch species is usually seen in a pair or small group.

Date taken: 11.05.2012
Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO
1/80s * F/3.2 * 200mm * ISO800


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  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture Dominika……:))

  • Thank you Thomas. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Ron53
    Ron53about 2 years ago

    Perfect shot, Dominika. Lovely bird.

  • Thank you Ron :))

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  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Dominika!

  • Thank you Carol! :)

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  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibabout 2 years ago

    Great shot Dominika!

  • Thank you very much. :))

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  • andy551
    andy551about 2 years ago

    Excellent work! Sensually! And it is very beautiful!

  • Dziękuję! :)

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  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeabout 2 years ago

    So beautiful work. You’re my winner of the day.
    Nature Quote of the Day
    Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.
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    Best regards and hugs,

  • Thank you Sunny. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • tinnieopener
    tinnieopenerabout 2 years ago

    Cool Bananas Dominika:o)

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  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 2 years ago

    Just beautiful!!

  • Thanks Laurie! :)

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  • swaby
    swabyabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

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    – Dominika Aniola

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you very much. :))

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