Scientific name: Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Nature Stars: 50
About: A large finch of woodland, hedgerows, parkland and orchards: about 17cm long. Adult Bullfinches are recognised by their black cap, stubby black bill, black and white wing, black tail and square white rump: males are pink underneath, females are greyish brown.
How to identify: Unmistakeable if seen well.
Fantastic fact: Bullfinches eat tree buds, and were once considered a serious pest in orchards, where they were shot to protect the apple crop!
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc