Male Bullfinch is a small passerine
Bird in the finch family
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The name ‘bullfinch’ comes from the bird’s front heavy, bull-headed appearance. Bullfinches were once popular cage birds. They can be taught to imitate a special bird flute or whistle. The short, stubby beak is specially adapted for feeding on buds. The Eurasian bullfinch is a bulky bull-headed bird. The upper parts are grey. The flight feathers and short thick bill are black. As are the cap and face in adults (they are greyish-brown in juveniles), and the white rump and wing bars are striking in flight. The adult male bullfinch has red underparts, but females and young birds have grey-buff underparts. It moults between July and October, but males bullfinch do not have the duller autumn plumage that is typical of some other finches. The song of this unobtrusive bird contains fluted whistles, and is often described as ‘mournful’. This Bullfinch’s usual call is a quiet, low, melancholy whistled “peeu” or “pew.” The song is audible only at close range. It is a weak, scratchy warbling, alternating with soft whistles. Tamed bullfinches can be taught to repeat specific melodies.