The male chaffinch is larger than the female. It has a blue-grey head and nape, and pinkish undersides. Pairs form in early spring and, while the female builds the nest, the male advertises its territory with a distinctive song. Each song is slightly different, and regional dialects have been identified from different parts of New Zealand.
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Photograph by Peter E. Smith
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