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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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