iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for Bullfinch

Listen now 2 mins

Listen in pop-out player


2 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 13 August 2013

Tweet of the Day is a series of fascinating stories about the British birds inspired by their calls and songs.

Michaela Strachan presents the Bullfinch. The males have rose-pink breasts and black caps and are eye-catching whilst the females are a duller pinkish-grey but share the black cap. Exactly why they're called Bullfinches isn't clear - perhaps it's to do with their rather thickset appearance. 'Budfinch' would be a more accurate name as they are very fond of the buds of trees, especially fruit trees.

  • Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

    Image courtesy of RSPB (rspb-images.com)



  1. Image for Tweet of the Day

    Tweet of the Day

    Discover birds through their songs and calls. Each Tweet of the Day begins with a different call or…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss