Wildlife to Visit of the Family Fringillidae

Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc
Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc

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There are 8 wildlife species pictured below. Some species can only be seen during certain months. Wildlife that has been observed at this time of year are shown first preceeded by a green bar. Wildlife that can be seen at a different time of year is show last preceeded by a blue bar.

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Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) All year round.
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Family: Fringillidae (Finches)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, grasslands, woodland and hedgerows.

Food: Insects and seeds.

Voice: The fink call of the chaffinch gives the finch family its name.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Prefers open woodland and spends a lot of time foraging on the ground. One of the most colourful of the finches.

Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) © Andreas Trepte cc
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) All year round.
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Family: Fringillidae (Finches)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, towns and gardens, woodland and hedgerows.

Food: Seeds, buds and insects.

Voice: Sadwhistling peeeuu. Quiet warble song.

Season: All year round. All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Also called the common bullfinch it builds its nest in a large bush.

Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) © Mark Medcalf cc
Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) All year round.
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Family: Fringillidae (Finches)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, grasslands, heathlands, coastal grazing marsh, hedgerows and mixed scrub.

Food: Seeds from most arable weeds and insects.

Voice: Melodious song with fast trills and twitters.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

It has an undulating flight and can form large flocks outside the breeding season.

Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) ♂ © Ron Knight cc
Siskin (Spinus spinus) All year round.
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Family: Fringillidae (Finches)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, woodland, native pine woods and coniferous woods.

Food: Seeds of conifer, alders and birch, and insects.

Voice: Continuous twittering.

Season: All year round. Winters in some areas.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A small lively finch. Acrobatic feeder that often hangs upside down. Rapid bounding flight.

Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus) ♀ © Sławek Staszczuk cc
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) All year round.
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Family: Fringillidae (Finches)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, heathlands and orchards.

Size: Length 12-13 cm (4.7-5.1 in). Wingspan 21-25 cm (8.3-9.8 in).

Food: Seeds and insects in the summer.

Voice: Call: sharp dee dee lit. Song: tinkling jingle.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) ♂ © RHL Images cc
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris) All year round.
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Family: Fringillidae (Finches)

Habitat: Farmland, gardens and parks, orchards, woodland and hedgerows.

Food: Seeds, insects. and berries.

Voice: Call: dweeee. Song: trilling twitters with occasional wheeze.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Forms large flocks outside the breeding season. The male has a butterfly display flight.

Greenfinch (Chloris chloris) ♂ © Ferran Pestaña cc
Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret) All year round.
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Family: Fringillidae (Finches)

Habitat: Gardens and parks and woodland.

Size: Length 11.5-12.5 cm (4.5-4.9 in). Wingspan 20-22.5 centimetres (7.9-8.9 in).

Food: Seeds, particularly of birch and alder, plus plants like willowherb and sorrel.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern


Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret) © Brian Fuller cc
Serin (Serinus serinus) All year round.
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Family: Fringillidae (Finches)

Habitat: Farmland and woodland clearings and edges.

Size: 11-12 cm (4.3-4.7 in).

Food: Seeds, buds and small invertebrates.

Season: All year round. Very rare visitor. Mostly in April and May.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern


Serin (Serinus serinus) © Ferran Pestaña cc
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