The chaffinch is Europe’s most common finch, and is arguably the most colourful of the UK's finches.
You'll usually hear chaffinches before you see them, with their loud song and varied calls. In Belgium, the ancient traditional sport of vinkenzetting pits male chaffinches against one another in a contest for the most bird calls in an hour.
The staple food of the Chaffinch is seeds, but unlike most finches, the young are fed extensively on insects. The adults diet is mainly, invertebrates during the summer, otherwise mostly seeds, the Chaffinch probably has the widest diet of the finche family.
13 - 16 days
12 - 13 days
Conservation Status UK
Number in Britain
4 - 5 eggs
Status in UK
Resident Breeder, passage / winter visitor
Forest, woodland, farmland (especially Beech woods)
19 x 15 mm
Number of broods
First clutch laid