Bullfinch at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

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Male Bullfinch must be one of our most colouful birds. Disappointingly, as so often is the case, the females are not so stunningly attractive!

Insight into Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula): still widespread throughout most of the UK, their numbers have declined dramatically in the last few decades.

They have suffered from persecution by fruit farmers for stripping buds off fruit trees and from the loss of hedgerows in which they breed and feed.

For such boldly coloured birds they are strangely timid and often the white rump is all that is seen as one flies away along a hedgerow. However, they can easily be located by listening out for their pathetic squeak of a call.

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