Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
Adult Male (Winter)
In summer the male birds head and back is shiny black instead of the mottled winter plumage.

Brambling

  Fringilla montifringilla
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Finches Menu
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Other Finches
Blue-grey head
White wing patches
Pink underside
Brown back
Dark wings
Mottled head
Orange breast
Dark spots on flank
White rump
Dark back and wings
Pale grey head
Pink breast
Orange-brown back
Pale red forehead
Dark wings
Black streaked breast
Tawny-buff face
Streaked brown back
Pink rump
Dark wings
Pink breast
Pink forehead
Small bill
Brown streaked body
Whitish streaked underside
Red face
Black and white head
Bright yellow on wings
Tawny brown back
Pale underside
Green-yellow body
Stout bill
Yellow wing bar
Large heavy finch
Dark around eye
Black cap
Yellow head and breast
Black and yellow wings
Yellow wings
White underside
Bright yellow forehead
Yellow breast
Green and black wings
Forked tail
Female brownish
Chaffinch
Brambling
Linnet
Twite
Redpoll
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Siskin
Serin
Bullfinch
Crossbill
Hawfinch
Black cap, bill and nape
Bright red underside
Grey back
Black wings
White rump
Large heavy bill
Bright brown head
Brown body
Black wings
Whitish wing bar
Hooked, crossed bill
Red or green body
Dark wings
Dark eye
Habitat specific
Chaffinch
Brambling
Linnet
Twite
Redpoll
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Siskin
Serin (Rare)
Bullfinch
Hawfinch
Crossbill
Identification points of a Brambling
Brambling in flight
Mottled head and back (Winter)
Orange breast
Dark spots on flank
White rump
Dark back and wings
Yellow bill
White underside
Brambling in summer plumage
Adult Male (Summer)
Brambling in winter plumage

This photo illustrates the Brambling's white rump with mottled head and back. Also note the dark spots on the birds flank and the striking yellow bill.

Female Brambling
Adult Female (Summer)
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The female lacks the dark head and back of the male, this photo shows a female in summer plumage, the warm pale orange breast markings are absent in autumn and winter. The female, in common with the male, has a white rump and dark wings.
Chaffinch in flight
Brambling or Chaffinch?
Brambling in flight
Chaffinch (left), Brambling (right):

Brambling frequently flock with the more common Chaffinch in winter, the Brambling can be identified by it's distinctive white rump with dark head and back in flight.
Distribution:
Breeds in Northern Europe and Scandinavia. Winters in Southern Europe and the UK. A passage migrant in Northern Scotland. Is known to breed in the UK.
Habitat:
Open woodland and farmland, frequently seen in large winter flocks of other finches feeding on farmland.
Notes:
Brambling in the UK are closely associated with the Chaffinch, often seen flocking together in large gatherings on agricultural land. In winter the Brambling is widespread throughout Europe, frequently gathering in flocks of several thousand to feed, however only relatively low numbers visit the UK.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Fringilladae

Genus: Fringilla

Species: F. montifringilla