451. Fringilla tintillon

451. CANARIAN CHAFFINCH.
FRINGILLA TINTILLON.
Fringilla tintillon, Webb and Berth., Orn. Canar, p. 21. pl. 4, fig. 1 (1836-44) ; Dresser, iv. p. 9, pl. 183, fig. 1, (partim), ix. p. 190 ; ? Fringilla canariensis, Vieill., Nouv. Dict. xii. p. 232 (1817) ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii p. 177.
Male ad. (Canaries). Differs from F. coelebs in having the crown blackish blue, the back dark slate-blue, the rump and upper tail-coverts apple-green, and the under parts buffy fawn, and no distinct frontal Land. Culmen 0.6, wing 3.25, tail 2.48, tarsus 0.8 inch. The female has the upper parts darker and the under parts paler than the female of F, coelebs, the latter being pale buff, without any reddish tinge.
Hab. Canary Islands.
In habits it does not differ appreciably from F. coelebs. It does not affect the lowlands, at least during the summer, but is usually to be met with in the chestnut-groves, or less commonly amongst the laurels and in the pine-woods. Dr. Koenig expresses its call-note by the syllables tschihuit, tschihuit, and its song hitta, hitta, hitta, rrrrr, and he found it rather shy and wary. It breeds in May, placing its nest like our Chaffinch on a tree, but it does not construct it so neatly, it being somewhat loosely built of bents, dry grasses, moss, and hair, lined with hair and feathers. The eggs, usually 4 in number are pale bluish or greenish white, sparingly spotted with dark brown, sometimes resembling the ordinary type of F coelebs but much paler. In size they average about 0.85 by 0.52.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
451. Fringilla tintillon
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
451
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
307
Common name: 
Canarian Chaffinch
M_ID: 
30541
M_SN: 
Fringilla coelebs canariensis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
10113

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