A small slim finch adundant in open areas, especially marsh and shingle areas in winter. Widespread and numerous resident in the UK.
- Males are attractively marked with a crimson forehead & breast in spring & summer. They have a grey head, brown back & buff belly & throat. Their tails are are black & white, medium in length and notched.
- The female lacks the crimson forehead & breast instead has but has a buff streaked colouring.
- 13 - 14 cms
- Grey; short & thin
- Grey; medium in length
- Heaths, estuaries, woods, hedges and gardens
- Flits, perches openly, hops, takes off & lands from vegetation or the ground.
- 1 - 500
- High pitched twittering in flight
Breeding & Feeding
- In bushes
- 4 - 6 pale blue, speckled reddish
- Incubation Period
- 10 - 14 days
- 2 - 3; April - June
- UK Breeding Pairs
- 800,000 pairs