MEET THE FINCHES
CHAFFINCH MALE Muted colours of greyish-pink below, greyish-blue on the crown, with bold white flashes in the wing. CHAFFINCH FEMALE AND YOUNG BIRDS Even more muted colours than the male, but sharing pale wing panels. GREENFINCH MALE Moss-coloured rather than grass-green, with yellow flashes along the wing edge. Has a chunky, pointed bill. GREENFINCH FEMALE AND YOUNG BIRDS Duller than the male, and young birds have fine streaks above and below. BULLFINCH The male is stunning, with salmon underparts, grey back and black cap; the female is a more faded version.
GOLDFINCH MALE AND FEMALE Unmistakeable, with red face in a black and white head and gold flashes in black wings. GOLDFINCH YOUNG Has gold in the wings but a pale head, giving it a different expression until adult plumage emerges. SISKIN Small yellowish-green finch with bold black and yellow markings, the male with a black cap and bib. REDPOLL Very streaky grey-brown finch, with a small red forehead, and black bib. Males sport a pink breast in summer. BRAMBLING Similar to chaffinch, but with orange breast and wing flashes, a black head, white belly and rump.