Bullfinch

Description

Key information

The male bullfinch is unmistakable with his bright pinkish-red breast and cheeks, grey back, black cap and tail, and bright white rump. The flash of the rump in flight and piping whistled call are usually the first signs of bullfinches being present. They feed voraciously on the buds of various trees in spring and were once a ‘pest’ of fruit crops.

 

What they eat:

Seeds, buds and insects (for young).

Measurements:

Length:
14.5-16.5cm
Wingspan:
22-26cm
Weight:
21-27g

Population:

UK breeding:
190,000

Identifying features:

This bird species has different identifying features depending on sex/age/season.

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