Brambling
Fringilla montifringilla

– sparrow-sized passerine
– diurnal/nocturnal migrant
– migrates in small to large, rather dense flocks, often mixed with Common Chaffinch
– very vocal

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Brambling Fringilla montifringilla, M AD NBREED
BIF0066, 21/10/2012, North Sea, offshore, Germany, Mathias Putze
– M in NBREED with greyish black head
– M with unpatterned orange lesser coverts
– yellow bill with dark tip

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Brambling Fringilla montifringilla, M AD NBREED
BIF0067, 21/10/2012, North Sea, offshore, Germany, Mathias Putze
– dull orange breast and flanks contrasting to white belly (Common Chaffinch with unicoloured underside)

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Brambling Fringilla montifringilla, M AD NBREED
BIF0065, 21/10/2012, North Sea, offshore, Germany, Mathias Putze
– M with contrasting orange/black upperwing
– white rump
– distinctly notched tail

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Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
BIF0068, 21/10/2012, North Sea, offshore, Germany, Mathias Putze
– yellow lesser underwing coverts
– translucent wingbar same width (broader on secondaries in Common Chaffinch)

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Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
BIF0069, 22/10/2012, Jadebusen, Germany, Mathias Putze
– in comparison to Common Chaffinch, the Brambling’s dark head and breast contrasting to white belly can be a good feature from below

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Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
Common Chaffinch Fringilla c. coelebs
BIF0792, 13/04/13, Hof, Germany, Mathias Putze
– M BREED with jet black head and back strongly contrasting to orange/black wing and black tail
– F (e.g. three birds to the right) much duller with greyish brown upperside and lesser wing coverts
– both sexes with diagnostic white rump

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Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
Common Chaffinch Fringilla c. coelebs
BIF0793, 13/04/13, Hof, Germany, Mathias Putze

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Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
Common Chaffinch Fringilla c. coelebs (3rd from right)
BIF0526, 22/10/2012, Jadebusen, Germany, Mathias Putze


Brambling Fringilla montifringilla, flight call, social call
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis, flight call
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus ssp., flight call
BIF0070, 30/09/2010, Helgoland, Germany, Patrick Franke

Brambling Fringilla montifringilla, flight call, social call
Common Chaffinch Fringilla c. coelebs, flight call
Common Blackbird Turdus m. merula, flight call
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris, flight call
Redwing Turdus i. iliacus, flight call
Yellowhammer Emberiza c. citrinella, flight call
BIF2158, 25/10/2008, Greifswalder Oie, Germany, Patrick Franke


BIF2220, 04/03/2018, Reudnitz, Germany, Patrick Franke
– Common Chaffinch calls can sound confusingly similar, but in most cases pitch, angle and spaces between harmonics reveal the ID


Brambling Fringilla montifringilla, flight call
BIF2221, 04/03/2018, Reudnitz, Germany, Patrick Franke

voice:
– two different calls during migration
– social call an unmistakable, nasal, sustained, polyphonic overslurr
– often this call is the first hint of an approaching Brambling
– flight call a sharply downslurred, a bit squeaky single note
– the flight call looks and sounds very similar to other finches (listed below) and Eurasian Tree Sparrow

comparison species:
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (a)
Hawfinch (v)
Common Chaffinch (v) (a)
European Greenfinch (a)
Common Linnet (a)
European Goldfinch (a)

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