JU­VE­NILE BULLFINCH

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

The Bullfinch is one of our loveli­est birds. Males are gor­geous and, close by, you will usu­ally find the toned down fe­male. Both have black­ish wings with a sin­gle trans­verse wing bar of white, and a white rump, con­trast­ing with the black tail. And with their black heads they are pretty un­mis­tak­able. At this time of year, though, look out for the po­ten­tial con­fu­sion pre­sented by ju­ve­nile Bullfinches. They are a bit like fe­males, with sim­i­larly toned-down olive hues, but they lack the black on the head, so have a plain face and star­ing eye. The wing bar is buff rather than white, but they do still have the white rump.

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