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One of the most controversial issues New Law on the Protection and Rights of Animals effects singing birds aspect Goldfinch, wild canary, finches, cool Y green finchesIt’s about banning. silvestrism.

What is silvestrim?

this silvestrism It is a hobby dedicated to capturing, breeding and breeding certain species in captivity. wild birdsespecially those belonging to his family finches. this silvestrism It is defined as a sport modality with a in the song of wild birds after being caught. This is an old tradition that has deep roots in the southern part of Spain and is often passed down from generation to generation.

this silvestrism It is divided into several stages, starting with to be caught songbirds. Then, the most suitable bird specimens for each song are selected and trained with different silvestrim methods. this birds offered to people who excel in these skills singing competitions.

Finches: the most common songbird in the wild

this songbirds of spain most used silvestrism these are:

Most common songbird in the wild: goldfinch

this goldfinches They are one of the types songbirds It is most common in Spain. They are a genus of songbirds belonging to the family Fringillidaea, usually found in the southern and eastern parts of the peninsula, as well as in other parts of Europe. this Goldfinch It is a carnivorous bird that often forms mixed flocks with other finches to get food. this goldfinches They are usually characterized by their bright colors: red and black with white spots, a black tail and two brown bands.

Most common songbird in the wild: Wild canary

this wild canaries They are a symbol of the Canary archipelago, although they are native not only to the Canary Islands, but also to the Azores and Madeira. this wild canary Although wild canaries are mutilated, brownish on the upper part and greenish-yellow on the face and underparts, this species has been selectively crossed in captivity since the 17th century, bringing out the bright colors known today. native canaries.

It is a flocking bird that usually nests in groups and feeds mainly on seeds on the ground. Despite wild canaries They nest in many ecosystems such as pine forests or sand dunes, nowadays they are easy to find in parks and gardens.

Most common songbird in the wild: finch

this finchsimilar sparrowIt is an omnivorous bird species and is very abundant in our country. gender finches includes four types: common finch (Fringilla coelebs), royal finch (Fringilla montifringilla), blue finch (Fringilla polatzeki), and Tenerife blue finch (Aunt Fringilla). this finch It can be found in wooded areas, but like other species, it is not uncommon to be found in parks and gardens, that is, in habitats created by human beings. types finches Although they feed their chicks with insects, they mainly feed on seeds they collect from the ground.

Most common songbird in the wild: Greenfinch

this european green anyone green finch It is a songbird of the Fringillidae family. The green finch is a bird that can be found all over the continent of Europe and is a robust bird, up to 15 centimeters tall, with dark green upperparts and lighter underparts, including gray and yellow, while females tend to be more inclined. wear more matte colors. this green finches They can be found in areas with trees and bushes, as well as in human settlements. The green finch feeds on large, hard seeds thanks to its strong, tapered beak.

Most common songbird in the wild: cool

this cool anyone cool cool It is a bird native to Europe, particularly the Mediterranean basin, North Africa, and Western Asia. this cool It is one of the smallest finch species and can grow up to 12 centimeters in length. It is a bird very similar to the canary, and its plumage is brown with a yellow belly. this cool They are usually found in open woodlands, but can also be found in tree-lined parks.

Why will Silvestrim be banned?

this bird hunting for wildlife is not indisputable. This is because hunting methods silversmith they are not selective, and the traps and nets used for this purpose do not distinguish between species, so they are caught in many cases. protected species. this ornithologists They have warned many times about this practice, which they consider harmful to endangered bird species. Also, they explain captive songbird breeding this is enough to feed the market.

this silvestrism Until now, it was a legal practice in Spain and was considered an exception to the ban on wild capture to keep wild birds as pets. However, Europe has been watching such practices closely for years. The 2009 European regulation explicitly prohibits the deliberate capture of all wild birds in Europe. The granting of permits granted by autonomous communities to silvestrists is covered by article ninth of that law, which allows the capture of birds for research, repopulation and resettlement purposes. Now, 32.1 of the new animal protection law. The article aims to strictly prohibit such practices. But if you’re in love singing birds No worries, you can keep one of these birds as a pet even in captivity.