The Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) occurs in Europe, Asia, and parts of northern Africa. With a length of up to 18 cm, it is the largest finch in Europe. The birds are residents through much of their range, only some Asian populations migrate southwards during the winter months. They inhabit deciduous or mixed woodlands, but can also be found in parks or large gardens. Their diet consists mainly of nuts, seeds, and fruit kernels which can be cracked with their strikingly massive bill. In addition, insects or other invertebrates are caught occasionally. The birds are generally shy and spend most of their time in the upper parts of trees. However, during the winter they can sometimes be observed at bird feeders. I have photographed this very pretty bird in northern Germany during the Easter holidays (April 2015).