Chaffinch


Chaffinch

The Chaffinch is the UK’s second commonest breeding bird and the most colourful of the UK finch family. It can be seen across the whole of the UK.


Identification

Male
The male Chaffinch has a blue- grey crown with a pinkish breast, throat & belly. Their wings & tails are black with flashes of white.
Female
The female Chaffinch is duller in colour with a creamy coloured breast, throat & belly and a Buffy coloured crown.
Size
14 - 16cm
Bill
Blue/grey short and stubby.
Legs
Black: medium in length
Habitat
Gardens, heaths, fields, woods, hedges.
Behaviour
Flits, hops, perches openly takes off & landing from the ground and vegetation
Flocking
1 - 200
Flight
Undulating
Voice
loud pink pink sound; delicate song ending in a flourish

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Low vegetation
Eggs
Lays 4-5 eggs on average, eggs are pale blue with blotches of red
Incubation Period
11 – 13 days
Broods
1 - 2; April - May
Food
Seeds & fruit
UK Breeding Pairs
Breeding pairs UK 5,800,000

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