Lentils ordinary – a small bird finches, typically of the warehouse, thick at the base of the short beak. Size it with the field Sparrow, with body length about 16.5 cm, weight about 20 g. Older males have cinnabar-red color, especially bright in the head and chest.
Young males and females are brownish-gray with an olive tint. Lentils – a true migratory bird, and is never left for the winter in our area, unlike other finches (greenfinches, repolovo, finches). Returns home very late, when the woods and meadows turn green. This usually occurs no earlier than the second decade of may. It settles on the edges of woods, rich in undergrowth and clumps of shrubs in floodplains or in a meadow. The presence of these birds, we learn of a loud short songs, which veiled the words “Vitya seen.” But traces of the activities of the lentils to see is usually not possible.
Feed lentil seeds of herbaceous plants – umbrella, legumes, buttercups, Fox sedge, etc. Chicks are fed on the seeds of chickweed and a small amount of insects (small beetles and caterpillars).
A place for a nest the female chooses, she’s his and builds, usually in the middle of the Bush or sapling, sometimes on such plants, which rarely nest in other birds. I have found the nest of the lentils on the shrubs of white dogwood, unusual for the suburbs of the shrub.
Nest is located at a height 0.5 to 2.5 m. it is Made from the dry stems of the bedstraw or twigs of oak, and placed rather carelessly and loosely, so that the ends of the branches stick out in all directions. The trays, however, are more than a tight, thin grass, rootlets, plant down and wool. The diameter of the socket about 16.6, height 9.2 cm, the size of the tray is 5.5×4 cm However, this is a medium size, but in fact they vary greatly.
In the clutch 2 to 6 eggs is not typical of the eggs of finches colors. They are blue with small black rare points. It is for painting eggs easy to distinguish the nest of the lentils from the nests of other birds. The size of the eggs of 19.6×14.6 mm. Eggs can sometimes be found at the very end of may, but more often in June. Disappear lentils from our seats at the beginning of September.