Finches that can be seen in Africa north of the Sahara

12 Oct

Eurasian Bullfinch

Eurasian Bullfinch. This species really is a vagrant species from Europe seen in the very far North Western tip of Africa. Very few sightings have been recorded . The sightings have been in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Photo: Francis C Frances

European Goldfinch

European Goldfinch. This species which can be seen in many different parts of the world, but not south of the Sahara desert, is a resident and winter visitor in Morocco, Algeria.Tunisia and Libya.The numbers are quite common. In Egypt it is fairly common in the Nile Delta.Photo Eran Gissis


Hawfinch.This species is a winter visitor from Europe. It is not often seen, but it has been seen in Morocco, Algeria,Tunisia, Libya and even on the very odd occasion in Egypt. An interesting characteristic of this species is that at first the young are brooded by the hen only and only later does the cock bird get involved Photo Carl Day

European Greenfinch

European Greenfinch.This finch can be seen frequently during the European winters in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia . It can also be seen in the very far northern part of the Nile Delta in Egypt.Photo source: Pintarest

So much is often said about the spectacular finches that can be seen in Africa south of the Sahara desert. But not many people know of some of the beautiful finches that can be seen in Africa north of the Sahara. Most of the finches originate from Europe and can be seen along various parts of the Mediterranean coast line in the Arabic speaking countries. While some are seldom seen others are quite common.For more info on the above species refer to The Birds of Africa Volume VII by C.Hilary Fry et al

 The Rare Finch Conservation Group is registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation and is totally dependent on donors and sponsors to carry out its conservation work on finches in the wild. All donations will be publicly acknowledged , unless otherwise requested, on the RFCG website. Donations can be made to the following account. Rare Finch Conservation Group, Nedbank. Account number 1933 198885 Branch : Sandown 193 305 South Africa ( For international donors please add ) SWIFT NEDSZAJJ.
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