The Bullfinch
The Bullfinch

The Bullfinch

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Article number: 9789045032399
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Author Achilles Cools
Language Dutch
ISBN 9789045032399
Publisher Atlas Contact, Publishing
Pages 192
Format 21.6 x 14.6 x 1.6 cm
Binding method Paperback
Pictures No
Year of publication August 2016


For a few years he has observed their behavior daily and also tried to see the world through their eyes. Why are these men so gorgeous and women mouse gray? Are men always ornamental and female art connoisseurs? And why does the bullfinch not belong to the top singers, while he can whistle soft melodies? Cools alternates his own observations with research on the bullfinch. This has resulted in a unique monograph about one of our most beautiful birds.


Achilles Cools is an artist in whom life and work flow together. Everything he does has to do with each other. In his art, nature is central to all its aspects. In particular it is the jackdaw, a bird that stands for everything. On the roof of his house he built a tall tower for the tame chews that live around him. He follows them daily in their actions, and from what they tell Achilles makes his wayward art. It is therefore self-evident that the chew is the main motive in his art. Achilles looks at everything through the eyes of the jackdaw to get a vision of the world and what happens in it. About what we are and who we are. He goes in search of the deeper meaning of the jackdaw and discovers the essential of man. The jackdaws still ask a thousand questions every day. He always ensures that the jackdaw reappears in his work. He does this as a painter, draftsman, graphic artist, sculptor, writer.


The author has arranged his wild garden, with both forest, heath, feeding tables and small fens, over the years so that all birds and especially the bullfinch are welcome. Gold rush, he calls it. His personal experiences with the bullfinch are discussed, and the life of the bullfinch of mating, nesting, laying, birth, migration, feeding to death, is described in detail, lovingly and very narratively. Bullfinches differ from other finches due to certain physiological characteristics. The enormous variation in singing is praised, bullfinches are good imitators and were caught and trained for that very long ago. One even whistled the Wilhelmus. Pied flycatcher and putter (English: goldfinch; bull finch is the bullfinch, because of the firm neck of the finch) have their own chapters. The author gives all birds human characteristics: they are dismayed, surprised or looking for something with desire. The influence of man (including agriculture) and the adaptability of the bullfinch are amply discussed. It is unfortunate that there is no picture or image in the book outside of a drawing of a bullfinch on the cover. The author previously wrote about chewing, among other things. With bibliography.

Lisette Eindhoven

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