Scientific name: Fringilla montifringilla

Did you know: The Brambling, sometimes known as the “mountain finch,” is a remarkable migrant, travelling great distances from Scandinavia and Northern Europe to spend winters in the UK!

What Do Bramblings Look Like? (how to identify them)

Bramblings are small passerine birds, similar in size and shape to Chaffinches. They are characterised by their vibrant plumage, particularly during the breeding season.

Differences Between Male And Female Bramblings

In summer, the male Brambling features a striking black head, contrasting with its orange breast and white belly. 

Females, while also showcasing an orange breast, have a less vibrant colouring and lack the black head, making them distinguishable from their male counterparts.

What Do Bramblings Eat?

Bramblings have a diet that mainly consists of seeds in winter and insects in summer. They are particularly fond of beech mast, often forming large flocks in areas where this food source is abundant.

Where Do Bramblings Live? (inc. migration info)

Bramblings are migratory birds, breeding in the forests of northern Europe and Asia. In winter, they migrate to southern Europe, North Africa, and even as far as northern India and China. 

In the UK, they are often seen in large flocks during winter, especially in years when beech mast is plentiful.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Bramblings)

Bramblings are known for their distinctive calls and songs. Their vocal repertoire includes a variety of twitters and nasal flock calls, adding a lively chorus to their winter gatherings.

Fun Brambling Facts (kid friendly)

  • Bramblings migrate long distances from Scandinavia to the UK every winter.
  • Recognisable by their impressive flock formations in flight.
  • In summer, males have a striking black head and bright orange breast.
  • They switch their diet seasonally from seeds to insects.
  • These seeds are a favourite winter food source.
  • Can form flocks of thousands, especially in areas with abundant food.
  • Their calls are a mix of twitters and nasal sounds.
  • Prefer open woodland and farmland habitats.
  • Very few pairs breed in the UK, mostly seen in winter.
  • White rump and flecked flanks make them stand out from Chaffinches.

Brambling Video

Facts About The Brambling

Diet: Seeds in winter; insects in summer.
Bird Family: Finches
Length: 14cm
Wingspan: 25-26cm
Weight: 24g
Scientific Name: Fringilla montifringilla

The Brambling Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December