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Chaffinch (Hierro subspecies)
Fringilla coelebs ombriosa

Map of the common names

Small passerine (L 15 cm) very striking. Male is easily identified by grey head, breast pale pink, white wingbar and white shoulders. The subspecies principally inhabits areas of laurel forest as well as stands of Pinus canariensis with heath. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
This subespecies is endemic of the island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands archipelago. Its range has decreased substantially. The loss and degradation of habitat through explotation for agricultural use and afforestation continue to threaten the subspecies

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
1,000 / 5,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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