Songbirds of you homeland

On 5 April 2011, the first open aviary was inaugurated and four bird couples were already moving in.
They are a nice couple of Bullfinches, two Goldfinches, as well as a pair of Siskins and also Common Redpoll. A pair of crossbills also followed later. The aviary can easily be reached via the surrounding exterior walkway of the Bunker Museum and is located directly at the Ibex enclosure. Thus, a part of the native bird life can be experienced closely and in a fascinated natural setting: experience – understand – be amazed!

Bullfinch, Eurasian bullfinch (phyrrhula phyrrhula)

Fact sheet

Size and weight: 14.5 – 16 cm

Lifestyle: The male is unmistakable with his black cap and red bottom side. The female is brown-grey instead of red. Distinctive, melancholic, slightly pleading call.

Food: Seeds

Habitat: Coniferous and mixed forests

Prevalence: Europe

Crossbill (loxia currirostra)

Fact sheet

Size and weight: 16.5 cm 28 – 40g

Lifestyle: Uses the crossed bill to open conifer cones. With ample food supply able to bread as early as January.

Food: Spruce seeds

Habitat: Coniferous forests

Prevalence: Mountain forests in Europe

European Goldfinch (carduelis carduelis)

Fact sheet

Size and weight: 12cm 12 – 18g

Lifestyle: Male and female barely differ from each other. Also called Goldfinch. Outside the breeding period also in flocks.

Food: Seeds

Habitat: Coniferous and mixed forests, cultivated land

Prevalence: Europe

Eurasian Siskin (carduelis spinus)

Fact sheet

Size and weight: 12cm 10 – 14g

Lifestyle / special features: Singing from treetops, butterfly-like flight, often in flocks, in winter with Common Redpoll

Food: Seeds

Habitat: Coniferous and mixed forests

Prevalence: Europe

Common Redpoll (carduelis flammea)

Fact sheet

Size and weight: 12cm 10 – 14g

Lifestyle / special features: Singing from treetops, butterfly-like flight, often in flocks, in winter with Eurasian Siskin

Food: Seeds

Habitat: Coniferous and mixed forests

Prevalence: Europe