Bullfinch

Bullfinch

Scientific name: Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Did you know: Bullfinches have a unique sac at the base of their mouth for storing food, a feature not found in other finches!

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

Bullfinches are medium-sized, plump finches known for their vibrant colours. 

The male Bullfinch is particularly striking with a bright pink-red breast and cheeks, contrasted by a grey back, black cap, and tail, plus a standout white rump. 

Differences Between Male And Female Bullfinch

The males are unmistakable with their vivid pinkish-red underparts. 

Females, however, sport a subtler grey-pink breast. Both genders exhibit a distinctive white rump, especially visible during flight, and have black wing markings.

What Do Bullfinches Eat?

Bullfinches adapt their diet seasonally. 

In spring, they mainly feed on buds, shoots, and flowers, while seeds become a more common choice in summer and winter. When raising chicks, Bullfinches also catch invertebrates to feed their young.

Where Do Bullfinches Live? (inc. migration info)

Bullfinches are found throughout the UK, favouring woodland environments. 

They also thrive in hedgerows, scrubby areas, and urban settings like parks and gardens, provided there are trees for feeding and dense vegetation for nesting.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Bullfinch)

The Bullfinch is not known for loud calls. Their presence is often noted by a soft, whistling ‘peu’ sound. 

While not the most vocal, their calls play a crucial role in communication, especially in dense vegetation.

Fun Bullfinch Facts (kid friendly)

  • Males have a striking pink-red breast.
  • Bullfinches are known for their elusive nature.
  • They change their diet with the seasons.
  • They have a sac for storing food – unique among finches!
  • They nest in dense undergrowth and lay 4-5 eggs.
  • Seeds are their favourite, but they’ll also eat buds and insects.
  • You might spot them in your garden if you’re lucky!
  • They are an Amber-listed species in the UK.
  • Listen for their soft, whistling call.
  • They’re known for feeding on fruit tree buds in winter.

Bullfinch Video

Facts About The Bullfinch

Diet: Seeds, buds and insects (for young).
Bird Family: Finches
Length: 14.5-16.5cm
Wingspan: 22-26cm
Weight: 21-27g
Scientific Name: Pyrrhula pyrrhula

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

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

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Male
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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile