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Monday, May 25, 2009

Can you tell me what to feed the birds here in Afghanistan? They are small, a little like finches.

Most seed eating birds will eat sunflower seeds. Finches like a variety of seeds in the wild. At feeders Niger thistle seed and sunflower seed are the most popular. I found more information about birds in Afghaninstan on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_Afghanistan#References

List of birds of Afghanistan
The avifauna of Afghanistan includes a total of 499 species, of which 1 has been introduced by humans, and 2 are rare or accidental. 17 species are globally threatened.

Finches are seed-eating passerine birds, that are small to moderately large and have a strong beak, usually conical and in some species very large. There are 137 species worldwide and 24 species which occur in Afghanistan.
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
Plain Mountain-Finch Leucosticte nemoricola
Black-headed Mountain-Finch Leucosticte brandti
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus
Pale Rosefinch Carpodacus synoicus
White-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus thura
Red-mantled Rosefinch Carpodacus rhodochlamys
Great Rosefinch Carpodacus rubicilla
Red-fronted Rosefinch Carpodacus puniceus
Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
European Greenfinch Carduelis chloris
Eurasian Siskin Carduelis spinus
European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Twite Carduelis flavirostris
Eurasian Linnet Carduelis cannabina
Fire-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus
Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Black-and-yellow Grosbeak Mycerobas icterioides
White-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas carnipes
Crimson-winged Finch Rhodopechys sanguinea
Mongolian Finch Rhodopechys mongolica
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githaginea
Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Thank you for all the information! I'll pass it on to my colleagues here with me in the Prison Project.