Bullfinch – Pyrrhula pyrrhula

The brightly coloured Bullfinch is an unmistakable visitor to the garden. They are seen all year round across the UK, with the exception of in the far northern and western areas of Scotland.

Identification

Male: A portly, bull-necked bird distinctive by its bright pink breast and strong black crown cap. Their upper back is pale grey and their rump is white. Their medium-lengthed, notched wings are black with a bold white bar and their tail is also black, with a white patch.
Female: Similar in build to the male, but with a pale buff-pink breast and a pink-grey back.
Size: 14—15cm.
Bill: Black, short and stubby.
Legs: Black, medium length.
Habitat: Gardens, heaths, woodlands and hedges.
Behaviour: Flits, takes off/lands on vegetation.
Flocking: 1—2.
Flight: Undulating.
Voice: A soft, rather sad sound.

Breeding

Nest: Twig platforms in bushes.
Eggs: 4—5. Pale blue with purple spots.
Incubation period: 12—14 days.
Fledgeling: 12-18 days.
Broods: 1—2. April—May.
Food: Buds, seeds, peanuts and pine nuts.
UK breeding pairs: 200,000.

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