Bullfinch

Hi Everyone! Today's post is about one of the most striking birds for me, the Bullfinch. 

The male Bullfinch is a unmistakable bird, with a bright pinkish-red breast and cheeks. Also its black cap and tail, and bright white rump make it easily recognisable. Once a pest of fruit crops, they feed voraciously on the buds of various trees in spring. Their diet consists of buds, seeds and insects (for young.) You can see them all year round in woodlands, orchard and hedgerows. 

Key Facts:

  • They are Usually found in pairs or small family groups.
  • They are widely distributed throughout Europe and Asia.
  • The female is a colorless version of the male.
  • Their lifespan is about 2 years.

I recently saw a male at Chesworth Farm as it landed right in front of me to feed on seeds. My nan also used to have a whole family of five in her garden, which fed on the berries.


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