Scientific name: Fringilla coelebs
Nature Stars: 10
About: A very common sparrow-sized finch of gardens, woodland, parks and farmland. Chaffinches build neat bowl-shaped nests in trees and shrubs. They feed on seeds and insects. Chaffinches are present all year round.
How to identify: Unmistakeable. The male is one of the most colourful birds in Britain. Females are less streaky than female House Sparrows and have white shoulder patches and bars in the wing.
Fantastic fact: The Chaffinch is known as the Bachelor Finch: the males spend the winter near to the breeding territories while the females migrate to winter further south.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc