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Hawfinch

Duration:
2 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 22 November 2013

Tweet of the Day is a series of fascinating stories about our British birds inspired by their calls and songs.

Martin Hughes-Games presents the Hawfinch. The Hawfinch is a large thickset finch with a massive bill. It uses this to crack open hawthorn and cherry stones as well as hornbeam seeds to get at the soft kernels inside. In doing so, it exerts a force of around 180 pounds per square inch.

  • Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

    Image courtesy of David J Slater (rspb-images.com)

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    Tweet of the Day

    Discover British birds through their songs and calls. Each Tweet of the Day begins with a different…

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