Birds of Cyprus

The Common Chaffinch, the European Greenfinch and the European Goldfinch belong to the family Fringillidae. Their special characteristic is the big conical beak used for crushing and peeling seeds, which are their basic food. They nest in Cyprus and they can be found on our island all year round.

The Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs stands out for the characteristic white bars on the wings. The male bird has brighter colours than the female one, especially in the spring and in the summer. In the summer, it can be found at Troodos mountains, while in the winter it flies in lower areas where there are trees.

The European Greenfinch Chloris chloris stands out for its bright green-brownish colour and the impressive yellow colour on its wings and tail. In the winter, it can be usually seen in flocks with European Goldfinches and Common Chaffinches. It nests all over the island, in places with trees (usually on cypresses), and even on the mountain tops of Troodos.

The beautiful European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis usually flies in small groups (up to 20 birds) from bush to bush. As they fly, they call with a rhythmic silvery twittering. It has a melodic bird song and light flying.