Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs
The Chaffinch is arguably the most colourful of the UK's finches. Its patterned plumage helps it to blend in when feeding on the ground and it becomes most obvious when it flies, revealing a flash of white on the wings and white outer tail feathers. You'll usually hear Chaffinches before you see them, with their loud song and varied calls.
Around the UK in woodlands, hedgerows, fields, parks and gardens anywhere.
All year round
The Chaffinch is the UK's second commonest breeding bird. It does not feed openly on bird feeders - it prefers to hop about under the bird table or under the hedge.
Common as a breeding bird throughout Britain
Abundant as a breeding bird in Leicestershire and Rutland
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