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Canary Island Chaffinch
Fringilla teydea

Map of the common names

Small bird (L 15 cm), uniformly blue coloured, more dark upperparts than belly. The Blue Chaffinch inhabits Canarian pine woods almost exclusively, at altitude which range from 700 and 2,000 m, and include both natural and old replanted forest. The species seems to prefer areas with and undergrowth of the shrub (Chamaecytisus proliferus). The diet is mainly seeds and insects. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The Blue Chaffinch is endemic to the Canary Islands where it is restricted to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, with a total population estimated to be around 1,500 pairs. The major cause of the species'decline in the past was shooting by collectors. Now, the Blue Chaffinch is currently threatened by habitat destruction through afforestation and inappropriate forestry management.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
1,000 / 1 500 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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