Not just a pretty face
Most of our finches manage to combine good looks with vocal prowess. In fact, such is their tunefulness they were once caught and sold by the tens of thousands for the Victorian cagebird trade.
The best singer is perhaps the greenfinch, whose song is rather like a canary, with strings of sweet notes such as ‘wee wee wee, dibby dibby dibby, choop choop choop’. However, the tinkling song of the goldfinch is also very attractive and upbeat. There is one exception – the bullfinch. Its calls are an embarrassed weedy piping noise, like someone trying to whistle short notes and failing.
Greenfinches sing strings of sweet notes