Chinese hawfinch

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 08.59.14Recently, I spent some of my pocket money on a Chinese hawfinch, a bird also known as a Chinese grosbeak.  It looks a bit like our female bullfinch as it has rusty red underparts.  Like all finches, it has quite a large bill for cracking open seeds and nuts.  Also it is similar to a bullfinch in size, and quite a bit less chunky than the European hawfinch I’ve got in my case.  It has a dark black cap, a pale brown chest with orangey-brown underparts, a pale brown back and  a black and white tail.  The same seller had a crow like bird called a grey currawong but I thought that a small bird like the hawfinch would look better on my shelves.

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