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Chaffinch

The Chaffinch is one of the most widespread birds in the UK, visiting many habitats including woodland, parks and gardens.

The male's Spring plumage is pretty - a pink face and belly, with blue-grey crown, chestnut-brown back and black and white bars on tail and wings, distinctive in flight. Females have similar wing bars, but are a more brown-grey colour on the whole. They live in rather large communal groups with both sexes and juveniles present.

The song of the Chaffinch is a descending trill and with a distinctive "pink pink" call. Nests are built in the branches of trees and shrubs from moss, grass and feathers.

Chaffinches feed on insects in the summer, but take seed in the garden during the winter on the ground and from feeders.