Unsorted Wild Birds

Hawfinches (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

The Hawfinches, Coccothraustes coccothraustes, is a passenger bird in the finch family Fringillidae.

Distribution / Range:

This finch is endemic to Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Bali and Vietnam. It is a rare vagrant to the western islands of Alaska.


Deciduous or mixed woodland with large trees, especially Hornbeam, is favored for breeding, including parkland. It builds its nest in a bush or tree, laying 2-7 eggs.

Their diet is mainly seeds and fruit kernels, especially those of cherries, which it cracks with its powerful bill.

This large finch species does not form large flocks outside the breeding season, and is usually seen as a pair or small group.


The 16.5-18 cm long Hawfinches 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 white wing bars and tail tip are striking in flight. Males and females look alike.

Call / Vocalization:

The call is a hard chick. The song of this unobtrusive bird is quiet and mumbled.

Further Finch Reading

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Gordon Ramel

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