Birds that visit our gardens and school grounds

Each week we will be featuring a bird that frequently visits our school grounds and gardens. This week our chosen bird is The Chaffinch.

 The chaffinch is one of our most common species of bird here in the United Kingdom. It can be seen in southern, central and eastern England, and on upland edges in northern England and Scotland.

The male chaffinch has a blue-grey cap, pink cheeks and breast and a reddish-brown mantle. Females and juveniles are less brightly coloured. The top part of their body is grey and brown and the lower part greyish and white. Pairs of Chaffinch breed in early and early summer. They build their nests in a tree fork or a bush using local moss and lichen and line it with animal hairs and feathers. In the nest the female will lays 4-5 eggs.

Chaffinch facts

Distribution: Found all year round across all parts of the United Kingdom.

Habitat: Popular habitats include woodlands and hedgerows.

Description: Male - Pink underparts, grey crown, and two white wing bars. Female - Olive-brown upperparts with pale underparts.

Size: Length: 14 cms Weight: 18-29 grams.

Life-span: A Wood Pigeon can live for up to 3 years.

Food: Feed on seeds and insects, like caterpillars.

To download your own copy of our fabulous Chaffinch fact sheets just click on the thumbnail images below. 


Adult Chaffinch (Top right)   Chaffinch nest (Top left)