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Conservation status: Amber

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

Illustrations

Overview

Latin name

Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Family

Finches (Fringillidae)

Where to see them

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

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Seeds, buds and insects (for young).

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-220,000 territories--

Distribution

Key

In the UK
All UK, except far N and w of Scotland
In Europe
All Europe
Worldwide
Europe and Asia

Audio

Niels Krabbe, Xeno-canto

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