455. Fringilla spodiogenys

455. ALGERIAN CHAFFINCH.
FRINGILLA SPODIOGENYS.
Fringilla spodiogenys, Bp. Rev. Zool. 1841, p. 146 ; Dresser, iv. p. 13, pl. 183, figs. 2, 3 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 177 ; Fr. africana, Levaill jun. Expl. Scient. de l’Alger. Atlas, Ois. pl. 7, figs. 1, 1a (1850).
Male ad. (Algeria). Differs from F. coelebs in having the head, the sides of neck and the face rich lead-blue, the middle of the back and the rump apple-green, the upper tail-coverts and scapulars lead-blue, and the under parts pale reddish brown, tinged with pale rose, fading on the abdomen to white, washed with brownish rose ; flanks pale slate-grey ; under wing and tail-coverts white ; beak dull plumbeous ; legs pale brown ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.5, wing 3.5, tail 2.9, tarsus 0.75 inch. The female is undistinguishable from that of F. coelebs, except that perhaps it is a trifle greyer.
Hab. Algeria, Morocco, and Tunis, and is said to have occurred near Marseilles.
In its general habits it closely resembles F. coelebs, but its song is said to be harsher. It is found in the pine- and oak-groves, and in the olive-gardens, and is said to be by no means shy. It breeds in March, April, and May, placing its nest on the branch of a tree. This latter resembles that of F. coelebs, and is neatly and artistically constructed of plant-stems and plant-down intermixed with hair and feathers, and well lined with plant-down, hair, and feathers. The eggs 4 to 5 in number resemble those of F. coelebs.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
455. Fringilla spodiogenys
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
455
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
309
Common name: 
Algerian Chaffinch
M_ID: 
30538
M_SN: 
Fringilla coelebs spodiogenys
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
9949

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