British wildlife recordings
Pyrrhula pyrrhula : Eurasian Bullfinch - Fringillidae
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Old Dean Common, Camberley, Surrey: OS Grid Reference(488500,160500)
Williams, Aubrey John
Bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula
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.