Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Near Threatened

Tenerife Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla teydea)


French: Pinson bleu German: Teidefink Spanish: Pinzón azul de Tenerife

Fringilla teydea

Webb et al.

, 1836,

Tenerife, Canary Islands


Until recently considered conspecific with F. polatzeki. Monotypic.


Tenerife, C Canary Is.

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; mean male 32·2 g, mean female 28·8 g. Medium-sized to large finch typically with crown peaked. Male has area around base of bill darker to... read more


Song mostly from Apr and declining through breeding season, from prominent tall perch, a short... read more


Forests of Canary pine (Pinus canariensis) between 300 m and 2300 m, mainly above 1200 m;... read more

Food and feeding

Largely seeds of Canary pine, also of the white-flowered broom Spartocytisus supranubius, forget-me-not (Myosotis), bean-... read more


Season Apr–Aug, but typically lays as late as Jun; single-brooded, although replacement clutches may be attempted. Monogamous; pair-... read more


Resident. May fly some distance in search of water, especially in summer months; occasionally... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Madeira and the Canary Islands EBA. Estimated global population 1100... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P., Sharpe, C.J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Tenerife Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla teydea). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).