Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

OTHER NAMES: Bullfinch, Bud-bird
Latin Etymology: Pyrrhula (bird mentioned by Aristotle) pyrrhula (bird mentioned by Aristotle)
 Adult Eurasian Bullfinch (subspecies P. p. pileata) in Geddington, Northants - March 2010

Featured Subspecies: Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata
Weight: 24g  /  Length: 16cm  /  Wingspan: 26cm
UK AMBER LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Bullfinch is the largest of the more common finches, and the male in particular is quite a striking bird with a red breast and black cap. The female is duller, with a greyish brown replacing the bright red. They are relatively common and widespread, but not as numerous as goldfinch, greenfinch or chaffinch. Look out for them in small flocks, particularly in winter where its easier to see hedgerow birds - they tend to me more of a rural species than most of the other commoner ones.

Related Species: 
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Pyrrhula
Subspecies: P. p. pileata, P. p. europoea, P. p. iberiae, P. p. pyrrhula, P. p. rossikowi, P. p.caspica, P. p. cineracea, P. p. sassinii, P. p. griseiventris, P. p. rosacea

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Fairly common breeding resident (220,000 territories)
 - Seen at sites including Rutland WaterPitsford Reservoir and Geddington.

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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