Bullfinch - Pyrrhula pyrrhula


    The male 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 the sad call note are usually the first signs of Bullfinches being present.

    Identification difficulty

    Woodlands, orchard and hedgerows. Best looked for at woodland edges - usually located by its mournful call.

    When to see it

    All year round

    Life History

    Bullfinches feed voraciously of the buds of various trees in spring and were once a 'pest' of fruit crops.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain

    VC55 Status

    A common breeding bird in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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