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Scientific name:  Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Size:  15 to 17cm

Distribution:  Found throughout UK except for the northern most tip of Scotland

Months seen:  All year round.  Some birds migrate to the UK from more northerly parts of Europe in winter

Habitat:  Parks, gardens and woodland

Food:  Seeds, fruit tree buds and some insects

Special features:  The bullfinch has a short, stubby, black beak and a black head.  The male has a bright red breast and a grey back.  The female has a pale brown breast and underparts.  Both the male and female have a white white bar on their black wings, and a white rump which is more obvious when they're in flight.  Juvenile Bullfinches look similar to the females but lack the black head.

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