Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
The beautiful chaffinch is our most frequent breeding bird. Its song, known as “the finches hit”, may be heard in clear weather days from the end of February on, a melody which sounds clear and hard and ends with a small flourish. There are countless of imitative mnemonic rhymes for this catchy song endemic to all regions, like „Es gibt gibt gibt bald würziges Bier“ (eng: “soon we get get get spicy beer”) or „Ich ich ich bin Unteroffizier“ (eng: “I I I am a sergeant”). It owes its name due to its clear „Finch, Finch“ alert calls. The chaffinch is also the only bird, which specifically uses a rain call. With the monotonous „trüb“ call, it is said chaffinches would be able to predict weather: „Trüb, Trüb, es trieft, es trieft, es schütt, es schütt: so ein Shit“ (eng: “Cloudy, cloudy, it drips, it drips, it pours, it pours: such a shit”).
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