Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Description: A little bigger than a sparrow, the Chaffinch weighs 20-25 gr. Males are easy to tell by their picturesque plumage: the brownish breast and cheeks, grey red-brown back, ashen grey head and rump with a bluish sheen, and the white lateral bar on the wing. Females are more modest in coloration – tones of greenish grey.

Habitat: They can easily be the most numerous birds of our forests. Encountered in all kinds of woods, gardens and parks, they do prefer areas of mixed forests and thinner fir-beds. They like light and dry pine woods, especially so if there are groups of deciduous trees and shrubs nearby.

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Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

Description: Chaffinch’s closest relative, the Brambling does resemble him in appearance and manner of flight, but differs in coloration of plumage. In males, the head and upper-parts are black, apart from the white saddle and rump. The throat, crop, upper breast, and flanks are ocher rufous with black streaks on the sides. The lower breast and mid belly are white. The lower belly and undertail are whitish ocher. Females are lighter and dimmer.

Habitat: The migratory Brambling in many aspects of life resembles the Chaffinch.

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Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

Description: Size of a sparrow, the Greenfinch weighs 20-28 gr. It is easy to tell from other same-size finches by the massive, strictly conical bill, bright yellow green belly and olive green overall plumage. Females are dimmer.

Habitat: Being migratory, the species inhabits thinner forests, their edges, wood-beds with groves, and gardens and parks.

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Siskin (Carduelis spinus)

Description: Notable smaller than a goldfinch, the Siskin is a very agile bird. It weighs 11-14 gr. Males are greenish, with the yellow breast and black cap, and females are streaked greyish red-brown. Its beak is conical, as in granivorous birds, and short.

Habitat: It is partly nomadic and partly migratory. The main habitat for the species is fir woods with an admixture of birch, alder and other trees – mountainous, in particular. In the late summer, the nomadic flocks appear in deciduous forests – birch woods, alder-beds, and riparian forests.

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Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

Description: This is one of the pretty and widespread birds of our forests. Goldfinches are smaller and slimmer than sparrows, weighing at 20 gr. Striking the eye in the plumage are the red forehead and throat, as well as the bright yellow stripes on the black wings. The back is brown, and the brown hue is notable in the breast too. The crown, nape and brackets round the white cheeks are black. Females are colored similarly, yet a bit paler.

Habitat: The birds settle in woodlands of cultivated landscapes, thinner forests, riparian and flood plain woods. They thoroughly enjoy open spaces with wood-beds and groves, with large fruit gardens and tall grasses nearby, where they willingly forage.

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Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)

Description: The Linnet a.k.a. Linnek is somewhat smaller than a sparrow, weighing 19-22 gr. In the spring plumage males display the bright carmine crown, forehead and breast, red-brownish upper-parts, and white belly and flanks. Females are similar in coloration, but for the red color they lack altogether.

Habitat: Residents of cultivated landscapes, linnets favor gardens, hedges, protective tree-beds and shrubs, bush overgrowth in meadows and forest skirts. They are migratory, apart from the south of the dwelling area, where they are either sedentary or nomadic.

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Redpoll (Carduelis flammea)

Description: It is a very small bird size of a siskin, its weight varying between 10 and 15 gr. Redpolls can be distinguished by the characteristic coloration. From top males are red-brownish grey, and pinkish red from below; their crown and rump are red too. Females and juveniles only have red in their caps, whereas in the other parts red is replaced by white.

Habitat: This migratory bird appears in the Russian midlands in the late autumn, reviving wood edges, gardens and parks.

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Scarlet Rosenfinch (Carpodacus erythrinus)

Description: One of the most beautiful and widespread birds we have. Size of a sparrow, the bird is slimmer and neater, weighing 19-26 gr. The plumage color in males is vermilion red, especially bright in the crop, breast and rump. The upper part of the body is the darker thick velvety scarlet, the wings and tail are brownish red, whereas the belly and undertail are white. Females and juveniles are greyish red-brown, with the lighter under-parts and an olive hue on the back and shoulders.

Habitat: This migratory bird settles in forest skirts, flood plains overgrown with bush, gardens, wood-beds, parks, damp meadows with scattered shrubs of alder, willows etc.

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Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)

Description: One among the largest finches, about the size of a starling, the Pine Grosbeak weighs 42-60 gr. It is characterized by a massive build, fat inflated beak with the maxilla slightly curved downward, and a long forked tail. It moves leisurely, or even sluggishly quite often. The plumage in males is watery scarlet red with a greyish pink hue. The red is quite express in the crop, throat and breast. The overall coloration in females is greyish olive.

Habitat: Pine grosbeaks inhabit coniferous and mixed forests, as well as cedar scrubs, all the way to their upper limits in the mountains. Rarely flying off to the ground, the birds spend most of their time in the trees.

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Parrot Crossbill (Loxia pytyopsittacus)

Description: 16 to 18 cm in length, the parrot crossbills are bright right in the male plumage, shading off to brownish red on the shoulders. The ears, wings and tail are red-brown. Females have their red color replaced by green grey and yellow grey. A distinguishing feature of the bird is the massive bill. The mandible is as thick as the maxilla. The height of the bill is about the same with its length, and its tip is blunt. The bill is structured to work on pine cones.

Habitat: The birds settle in coniferous forests with dominant pines, and forages on seeds of pine and other coniferous. The nesting areas are inScandinavia and the North-Eastern Europe.

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