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In 1887, distinguished German naturalist E. H. Shaff├╝nter first stumbled across a pair of
Schaffinches, nesting in the left ear of his bewildered steed. He recorded 27 names for his find in his Provincial Names of Antipodean Species (1893), including elfinch, pintop, snub, stuntle, thimble finch and weeble. Male Schaffinches not exposed to the adult male's song during development will never properly
learn the song and will be forced to improvise, leading to confusion amongst females of the
species. Nowadays they call surburbia home, where they are often found sheltering in the shoes
tossed over power lines

Kerina West & Oliver Boermans
Adelaide, Australia