Species of the Month December 2020 / January 2021


Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula


A large and striking finch, the bullfinch is fairly common bird in south east Wales. Lucky recorders may even have them visiting garden feeders - though they are less welcomed by some gardeners due to their taste for young tree buds.

The male has an obvious orange breast and black cap (left above); the female is similar but more muted in colour (right above). They also have an obvious white rump which may be spotted in flight. A good way to locate the species is their mournful call (listen on British Birdsongs).

Bullfinch are resident in Wales so can be found all year, but deep winter can be a good time to spot them amongst bare trees. You can learn more about the species on the Living Levels website, where they are the current Wild Watch species.

If you spot Bullfinch during December / January (or at any other time of year), please send us the record, ideally via our Species of the Month form on SEWBReCORD (nb. you will need to be signed into SEWBReCORD to use this link). Instructions on how to submit records are available here.