Scientific name: Fringilla montifringilla
Size: Approx 15cm
Distribution: Found throughout the UK
Months seen: September to May
Habitat: Woodlands, fields and gardens
Food: Seeds and insects
Special features: Bramblings are similar in size and shape to chaffinches. Male Bramblings have a glossy black head in summer, and an orange breast with white belly with some brown spotting on the flanks . In winter the head is a pale grey colour.
Female Bramblings have similar markings but the head is light brown with a grey collar and two black stripes running from the beak, over the top of the head, to the back of the neck.
Both males and females have a white rump and black tail. Being finches, they have short, conical beaks, which is orange-brown with a black tip. In summer the beak of the male is all black.