A small, slim finch, commonly seen during the winter months in open environments, especially in marsh and shingle areas. Widespread across the UK, in high numbers.
Male: Males are attractively marked, with a crimson forehead and breast during the spring/summer. They have a grey head, brown back and a buff belly and throat. Their tails are black and white, medium in length and notched.
Female: The female lacks the seasonal crimson forehead and breast and has a buff, streaked colouring.
Bill: Grey, short and stubby.
Legs: Grey, medium length.
Habitat: Heaths, estuaries, woodlands, hedges and gardens.
Behaviour: Flits, perches openly, takes off/lands from vegetation or ground.
Voice: High pitched twittering in flight.
Eggs: 4—6. Pale blue with red speckles.
Incubation period: 10—14 days.
Fledgeling: 14—17 days.
Broods: 2—3. April—June.
UK breeding pairs: 800,000.
Willsbridge Supreme Wild Bird Feed, Countrywide British Finch.