The Chaffinch is the most colourful member of the Finch family and can be found throughout England in woodlands, parks and gardens. When a Chaffinch visits a garden, it likes to spend more time under a bird table looking for food than actually on it.
The Chaffinch is a small bird that has distinct white markings on its black wings. The markings are more noticeable when the bird is in flight. The male Chaffinch has a blue-grey head and pinky brown cheeks and chest, whereas the female has a brown head and a yellowy brown chest. Both the male and the female have grey-blue beaks that turn to a pale brown colour in winter.
Chaffinches sing very loud songs and are usually heard before they are seen. They like to stay near to cover and take most of their food such as seeds from chickweed, goosefoot and grasses from the ground, but in summer they will also eat caterpillars and insects from trees and bushes. Flocks of males and flocks of females can be seen flying around in winter.