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.

    Identification difficulty

    Around the UK in woodlands, hedgerows, fields, parks and gardens anywhere.

    When to see it

    All year round

    Life History

    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.

    UK Status

    Common as a breeding bird throughout Britain

    VC55 Status

    Abundant as a breeding bird in Leicestershire and Rutland

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map