Pyrrhula pyrrhula - Bullfinch

Phylum: Chordata - Class: Aves - Order: Passeriformes - Family: Fringillidae

Male Bullfinch

This lovely resident bird seems to be becoming rather scarce in many parts of the British Isles, but it can still be seen occasionally throughout Wales. Parks, farmland and large gardens, especially those with orchards, are Bullfinches' favourite haunts, and they seems to prefer thickets to tall trees. It is unusual to see a bullfinch on the ground.

The male Bullfinch pictured above is in its spring plumaage. The females are paler pink, and the juveniles do not have the caps - glossy black in the case of the male and a duller black in the female.

Bulfinches with young in nest
Picture courtesy of the Countryside Council for Wales

The main sources of food for Bullfinches are buds, berries and seeds.


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