How to identify

Similar in size and shape to the Chaffinch, the male Brambling has a black head in summer, and an orange breast with white belly. In flight it shows a white rump. Sociable in winter, it may form flocks of many thousands and often joins with Chaffinches. Numbers can vary between winters depending on food supplies. It is a Schedule 1 species, making it illegal to intentionally or recklessly disturb these birds.



Stuart Fisher / xeno-canto


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

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