Species: Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Family: Finches (FRINGILLIDAE)

Category: Birds

Location: NW

A. Birds

More extensive information on birds can be found in a separate blog post.


Finches are among our most colourful songsters, and familiar garden birds. They are specialist seed eaters, whose bills vary in size, shape, and stoutness according to the preferred seed diet.

C. Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Chaffinches are resident breeders as well as Winter visitors, and in northern Europe the males occupy territory further north than the females, the two coming together in the breeding season further south. Hence the species name, which means ‘bachelor’ in Latin. They sing their strident song all day, and later in the day than most birds, and after a long day birdwatching twitchers frequently say to one another, “Can someone switch those chaffinches off!!” 5.1 million pairs were recorded in 2016, giving a conservation status of GREEN, but they are still less common than they were.