Birds to look for in March — Chaffinch

Photo credit: Paul Green

Where to look

Chaffinches are one of our most common birds and can be seen everywhere from gardens to woodlands.


 The chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) belongs to the finch group of birds. Finches are small birds with forked or notched tails, moderately pointed wings, rounded or elongated bodies and round heads, with more or less triangular bills (for more information see RSPB). Their beak shape varies according to the type of food that they eat and it was while studying finches in the Galapagos that Charles Darwin developed his Theory of Evolution.  They show sexual dimorphism (where the males and females look very different). The males have a bluey grey top of the head with orange/pinky-red face throat and underparts. Females look like a paler brown version of the males, although the wing and tail markings are similar to the males. Chaffinches have a distinctive call made up of several sounds but the most often heard is a hard loud ‘pink’ sometimes repeated 3 or 4 times.

They eat insects and seeds

Tweet of the Day
To hear the chaffinch’s song follow the link to the BBC’s Tweet of the Day

Where we've found Chaffinches

Chaffinch spottings journal (7 seen)

Last seen Location Spotted by Group Notes
7 Jul 2021 Scotland! Tamsin Stroud Valleys Project
15 May 2020 Stanley Downton Daddy Cooks&Co
30 Mar 2020 Folly Lane Jo The Weaver's
27 Mar 2020 capel's mill ella The Weaver's
25 Mar 2020 Tamsin Stroud Valleys Project Had to cheat and use a photo of a chaffinch I took last year, the chaffinches were too fast to catch this time!
15 Mar 2020 st Columb Major gav Blended Spotted a dozen or so in a garden in St Columb Major. I <3 this bird. :]
14 Mar 2020 Tamsin Blended


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