The Chaffinch is the UK’s second most common breeding bird and the most colourful of the UK finch family. It can be seen across the whole of the UK.
Male: The male Chaffinch has a blue-grey crown with a pinkish breast, throat and belly. Their wings and tails are black, with flashes of white.
Female: The female Chaffinch is duller in colour, with a cream-coloured breast, throat and belly and a buff-coloured crown.
Bill: Blue-grey, short and stubby.
Legs: Black, medium length.
Habitat: Gardens, heaths, fields, woodlands and hedges.
Behaviour: Flits, hops, perches openly, takes off/lands on ground and vegetation.
Voice: Loud pink-pink sound and a delicate song ending in a flourish.
Nest: Low vegetation.
Eggs: 4—5. Pale blue with red blotching.
Incubation period: 11—13 days.
Fledgeling: 12—15 days.
Broods: 1—2. April—May.
Food: Seeds and fruit.
UK breeding pairs: 5,800,000.
Countrywide British Finch, Raisins/Sultanas.