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Bullfinch (female)
14-JAN-2006 Gary Martin

Bullfinch (female)

Llanelli, Wales

Pyrrhula pyrrhula
The female is less colorful than the unmistakable male with his bright pinkish-red breast and cheeks, grey back, black cap and tail, and bright white rump. The flash of the rump in flight and the sad call note are usually the first signs of bullfinches being present. They feed voraciously of the buds of various trees in spring and were once a 'pest' of fruit crops. Recent declines place it on the Red List. (Info from

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Guest 18-May-2017 06:58
I have just seen one feeding on the fat balls in my garden new moston Manchester
Guest 17-May-2017 14:39
I have just seen one in my garden feeding on fat balls in new moston, Manchester
Guest 11-Dec-2015 10:03
Just sighted one in my garden at Standish near Wigan.
Guest 02-Jul-2014 13:29
I see frequently female bullfinches in my garden in se feeding from a hanging feeder. July 2 2014
Dave Manser 24-Feb-2014 17:30
I am in Herne Bay Kent and have just photographed what I think is a female Bullfinch looks a lot like the picture here it's the first time I've seen one .. nice call as well .
michael camp 03-Jan-2014 13:42
I live in Plumstead SE London and have just seen a female bullfinch eating seed from the top of a wall in my garden. It is January 3rd 2014
liz 04-Oct-2013 19:04
I live in torquay and I think ive seen this bird in the tree in my garden
Guest 23-May-2013 11:24
in west yorkshire
Guest 23-May-2013 11:23
we have a male and a female that show themselves mostly in the afternoons in our back garden
Carl Ashby 02-May-2012 18:14
I live in Dukinfield Tameside and we have a pair visit our garden daily
Guest 29-May-2011 17:45
I have seen a female slightly larger than a Blackbird never seen one in my garden before,started to put out bird food,regulary,beautiful,plympton,Devon
Brian Clark 15-Mar-2011 12:13
For the past six/seven weeks a female bullfinch has been feeding from my bird table.
This is the first year |I have seen any bullfinch in my garden.
From : Brian, Rochford, Essex
Vince 18-Jan-2010 18:47
One of these birds was in our back garden this morning eating the bird food!
Abermule, Mid-Wales. 17-Dec-2009 01:14
May have seen a couple in western park leicester, if there slightly bigger than a blackbird only this month
Guest 29-May-2008 17:10
Saw what looked like a breeding pair today in Nottingham. No idea what they were until I came here! :)