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Chaffinch

Bird trail chaffinch

The chaffinch is one of the most widespread and abundant bird in Britian and Ireland.

Its patterned plumage helps it to blend in when feeding on the ground and it becomes most obvious when it flies, revealing a flash of white on the wings and white outer tail feathers.

It does not feed openly on bird feeders - it prefers to hop about under the bird table or under the hedge. You'll usually hear chaffinches before you see them, with their loud song and varied calls.

Length:
14.5cm
Wingspan:
24.5-28.5cm
Weight:
18-29g
UK breeding:
6.2 million

Source: RSPB.org.uk