5 birds to observe in your garden in summer

5 birds to observe in your garden in summer

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Between egg hatching and the start of feeding, summer is the perfect season to admire the birds. Among flowers and leafy trees, Le Figaro makes you discover 5 species of birds to contemplate in your garden.

Summer heralds the end of the nesting period for birds. Baby birds and parents move about in the garden and especially in the air and in the trees, thus offering beautiful scenes to observe.


The chaffinch recognizable with its white bands on the wings. Adobe Stock

the chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) is a very common passerine bird in Europe, North Africa and Asia. This omnivore, both insectivorous, granivorous and frugivorous, feeds mainly on insects during the mild seasons and on seeds, fruits and berries during the colder seasons. It lives in wooded areas such as clearings, orchards or groves and is known to adapt to all environments, so it can be found in the countryside as well as in cities.

  • Lifetime : about 12 years old.
  • Height and weight : Chaffinch measures about 15 centimeters in length and weighs between 19 and 25 grams.
  • Color : it has several: brown on the back, light brown on the lores and cheeks, light gray on the head and for the short and pointed beak, dark gray on the level of the forehead and color “ brick at the level of the lower face, throat and stomach.
  • Physical peculiarity : the male is more colorful than the female. Both are recognizable by their double white wing bars separated by a black band at the level of the middle of their wings.
  • Life conditions : very sociable, he likes to live in groups except during his breeding season. When present in the North, it tends to migrate South in winter.
  • singing : only the male sings. He sometimes emits the same sound twice in a row or hums a very melodious one.


Its color gives the blackbird a certain elegance. Adobe Stock

the blackbird (Turdus merula) appreciates both forests and city gardens, from temperate Europe to North Africa and South Asia. Omnivorous, it feeds on fruits but also on invertebrates such as slugs, insects and other earthworms.

  • Lifetime : between 2.4 and 20 years depending on the species and the place.
  • Height and weight : the blackbird measures about 25 centimeters and weighs between 80 and 110 g.
  • Color : jet black for the male. As for the female, her feathers and beak are brown and her belly may have some small spots.
  • Physical peculiarity : its orange beak which contrasts with its plumage and a light yellow eye rim.
  • Life conditions : the common blackbird has a very strong territoriality and is monogamous.
  • singing : it ends with a few higher notes and takes place especially at sunrise and sunset.

The swallow

The swallow feeds during its flight. Adobe Stock

The swallow (Hirundininae), a species of passerine, feeds on flying insects, from aphids to flies, which it hunts during its flight with its short, wide beak. It takes up residence both inside and outside, often under a roof. It is a protected species under Article L411-1 of the Environmental Code (article resulting from the law of July 10, 1976 on the protection of nature). It is forbidden to destroy or remove a swallow’s nest. The fine can be up to 150,000 euros and/or a maximum prison term of three years.

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  • Lifetime : between 4 and 11 years old.
  • Height and weight : it measures between 13 and 15 cm and weighs between 16 and 25 grams.
  • Color : its back, wings and top of its head are black-blue while its belly, throat and rump are white.
  • Physical peculiarity : its notched tail gives it a tapered silhouette.
  • Life conditions : the swallow migrates towards Africa at the beginning of autumn before returning to the European continent in spring, nesting in the same place each year.
  • singing : it is melodious and often performed in flight or more insistent in case of danger.

The familiar robin

Its orange color makes the robin an easily recognizable bird. Adobe Stock

the common robin (Erithacus rubecula) which belongs to the muscicapidae family, appreciates wooded, wooded and leafy places such as parks, gardens, forests mainly in Europe and in the west of the Maghreb. Caterpillars, spiders, worms and other insects constitute its food found on the ground.

  • Lifetime : about 15 years.
  • Height and weight : it can measure between 14 and 21 centimeters for an average weight of 16 grams.
  • Color : its upperparts, wings and tail are brown in color. His eyes are black.
  • Physical peculiarity : as its name suggests, its orange color from forehead to belly and short wings.
  • Life conditions : House Robin is both solitary and territorial. In winter it can shelter in a barn or another open and dry place. It is a nocturnal migrant.
  • singing :it is varied and fluid.

The Wren

The winter wren knows how to blend in with the vegetation. Adobe Stock

the winter wren (Wrens), one of the smallest birds in Europe, is a species of passerine bird of the troglodytidae family, whose favorite ground varies between shrubs, cracks, brambles, scrub both in parks and in gardens. This insectivore feeds on larvae, caterpillars found on the ground or in crevices but it also eats seeds and berries.

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  • Lifetime : about 6 years.
  • Height and weight : it measures on average 10 centimeters and weighs between 8 and 13 grams.
  • Color : brown in color that blends with that of the trees, black streaks adorn the lower parts of its body.
  • Physical peculiarity : his little raised tail.
  • Life conditions : he is both sedentary and discreet.
  • singing : it is a small size but has the trunk.


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