Wild Animals

Bullfinch

posted: 04/29/14
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Bullfinch
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Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm the Bullfinch!

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: Gardens, parks, orchids and hedgerows in Asia and Europe

What I Like to Eat: Seeds, berries and fruit-tree buds. We will eat insects for a limited amount of time when we are feeding our young. Both parents are responsible for feeding the baby bullfinches.

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: During the spring months, we crave developing fruit tree buds, but our appetite for these delicacies cause extreme damage to fruit crops and give us the bad rap for being troublemakers. Many of the buds are destroyed before they are eaten.

What's In a Name: We earned our name from what people call our "bull-headed" appearance on the front of our heads.

Appearance: We are colorful and very rotund. The male bullfinches have black caps, grey backs and bright red breasts and cheeks, a white rump and black tail. The female bullfinches have black caps, brown backs and pinkish breasts and cheeks. Our black bills are short and stumpy. Young bullfinches look more like the females without the black caps on their heads.

Shy Guy: We socialize well with one another and congregate in pairs or groups of families. During the spring, we gather in flocks of 50 more birds. However, we are shy and don't like to be seen out in the open.

Size: We typically don't get any larger than five inches long.

Make Some Noise: We communicate with one another through a low call called "deu-deu" or "deu". This call is easily heard by other bullfinches when we are all in the same area.

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