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COMMON CHAFFINCH (Fringilla coelebs)
Biodiversity > Birds > Rare visitors and vagrants

Vagrant. Several records, many undated. The Common Chaffinch was first reorded by Glenn Fraser at Stevens Reserve in the main settlement area on 21 September 1980 (Fraser 2004; also Boles 1988). It was found almost daily at the same locality for the next three months where it was also seen by Bill Retmock (B. Retmock pers. comm.). Fraser recorded a Common Chaffinch at the same locality on 1 September 1981 and again almost daily in the period from 6 October 1982 to mid December 1982. One was seen by Norman Fenton at the south end of the main Island in the winter of 1983. This species was also seen by Bill Retmock several times during the 1990s, though no detailed notes were kept. These birds were undoubtedly vagrants from New Zealand where the species was introduced from Europe in the 1860s and 1870s and from where it has spread to several offshore islands including the Chatham, Auckland and Campbell Island Groups (OSNZ 1990); it has recently been recorded on Norfolk Island (Clarke & Stephenson 2002).

One recorded on 12 April 2012 by Richard Ford and Susannah Simon at the swamp behind Old Settlement Beach.


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