The Common Chaffinch is a species with a wide distribution in the Western Palearctic and the regions of Central Russia. Although mostly considered a resident bird in this areas, northern populations are migratory, and much of the migratory movements carried out by nesting populations in Europe are complex.
In Portugal, the nesting population is distributed throughout the country, including the archipelago of the Azores and the island of Madeira (Team Atlas, 2008).
In the Gulbenkian Garden it is possible to find some chaffinches during the winter, although it is not known whether they will be nesting birds in the country or, perhaps, long distance migrants.
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