Tintillon/Canary Chaffinch Fringilla (coelebs) tintillon/canariensis

Tenerife Chaffinch
Tenerife Chaffinch
The "Tintillon" Chaffinch is a subspecies of the common European Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs). It is similar looking to the subspecies of chaffinch on Madiera and Azores, all being grouped as "Tintillon" chaffinches from the Portuguese word for the bird "Tentilhao". The central Canary Islands subspecies is known both as Fringilla coelebs canariensis and Fringilla coelebs tintillion; since it looks so different to the European Chaffinch, some also give it and those on other Canary Islands, Madeira and Azores full species status, making it Fringilla tintillon canariensis. It apparently colonised the Canaries at a different time than the other Tenerife endemic chaffinch, the Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla teydea) whose territory in Teide's pine forests overlaps with its.