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Trumpeter Finch
Bucanetes githagineus

Map of the common names


A small dumpy finch (L 12 cm) with uniform grey body. Male has reddish bill. Most often noticed by its call, which is very distinctive and consists of a drawn-out uninflected note with a metallic buzzing ring, like a toy trumpet. The Trumpeter Finch uses habitats that are characterized by the absence of tree cover, with sparse scrub, including poorly vegetated, semi-desert areas with abondant slopes. The diet consists mainly on seeds. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

In winter, when the species frequent coastal zones, it is trapped with nests at water sources. Development of the tourist industry may also threaten the habitat of the species.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 4,000 / 6,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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