‘Pink!’ The nine vocalisation vocabulary of the Chaffinch
There’s a Chaffinch shouting ‘Pink!’ at me. That’s where finches got their name; from their call of ‘Fink’ or ‘Pink’.
They have nine different vocalisations in their vocabulary:
- A flight call
- A social or aggressive call
- An injury call
- Three courtship calls
- Three alarm calls
You can listen to them all here in a British Library article.
I’ve increased my powers of observation over the past two years by photographing birds.
Now I need to really concentrate and listen so that I can identify more species from the sounds they make.
After hearing all the sounds they make, I’ll never listen to a Chaffinch in the same way again.
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