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Pyrrhula pyrrhula : Eurasian Bullfinch - Fringillidae

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:01:48

  • Shelf mark

    W1CDR0001509 BD14

  • Subjects

    Birds

  • Recording date

    1977/06/12

  • Recording locations

    Old Dean Common, Camberley, Surrey: OS Grid Reference(488500,160500)

  • Recordist

    Williams, Aubrey John

  • Species

    Bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula

  • Description

    This recording features both the song and calls of a bullfinch recorded at Old Dean Common, Surrey. This is one of Britain’s most brightly coloured birds, with males having an unmistakable pinkish-red breast and cheeks contrasted against a grey back and black cap and tail. The bullfinch is widespread throughout Britain, it breeds in broad-leaved woodland, thickets and mature gardens but tends to favour fruiting trees during the winter months when they have a voracious appetite and can easily devour up to 30 buds a minute! Bullfinches are easily located by their mournful ‘pew’ call, however hearing the quiet warbling song of this bird is becoming more difficult due to a recent decline in their numbers which has placed it on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

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