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Azores Bullfinch
Pyrrhula murina

Map of the common names

Bullfinchs are distinctive and easily identified birds by its small size (L 16 cm), dumpy body and white wingbar. In the case of P. murina, both sexes are identical. Occurs in laurel forest, between 300 and 800 m. The diet consists mainly on plant material. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
This endemic species of the San Miguel Island with a total population estimated to be less than 120 pairs. The destruction of its natural habitat and afforestation with exotic species are probably the two major causes of the species' decline. Problems also include the reduction in available food suplies in winter and low rates of reproduction.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
less than 100 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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