The chaffinch is the second commonest breeding bird, and one of the most colourful of the UK’s. Its patterned plumage is a wonderful mix that blends in when ground feeding however in flight it reveals an impressive cloak of white on wings and white outer tail feather.
Chaffinches don’t often feed directly from a bird feeder. However, you’ll often see them hopping on the ground under a bird table or feeder, foraging for spilt seed.
The breeding male is unmistakable, with his reddish underparts and a blue-grey cap.Though the female has similar patterning (with the distinctive white wing bars), the colours are much drabber.
The chaffinch has a loud and varied song which many keen bird watchers will be familiar with.
|Weight||19 - 23g|
|Habitat||Hedgerows, gardens and farmland|
The chaffinch will build its nest in the fork of a tree. The exterior of the nest will typically be decorated with moss or lichen to help camouflage it.
The clutch will usually contain around six greenish-blue eggs.
Chaffinches are generally ground feeders however it is not uncommon that they will feed from feeders, especially those with perches and bird tables.
They will mainly eat seeds, but adults also eat insects during the breeding season, and the young are fed exclusively on insects, unlike most finches.