Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
Adult Male and Female

The Hawfinch is a large heavy bird with an extraordinary large bill, it's plumage is mostly brown and grey with bold white wing bars.

Hawfinch

Coccothraustes coccothraustes
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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 Hawfinch
Hawfinch in flight
Hawfinch in flight
Distribution:
The Hawfinch is widely distributed throughout central Europe but is a localised breeder. Only 800 pair regularly breed and are resident in the UK and numbers are rapidly declining.
Habitat:
Woodland, hedges, gardens and orchards.
Notes:
The Hawfinch can be a very elusive finch but if seen is unmistakable due to it's large size and bill.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Fringilladae (sub: Carduelinae)

Genus: Coccothraustes

Species: C. coccothraustes
Large heavy bill
Bright brown head, duller in female
Grey nape
Black bib
Broad off-white wing bar
Buff-brownish to grey underside
Brown wings, female is more grey.
White tipped tail
Hawfinch
Hawfinch
This image shows the birds large bill, bright brown head, black bib and grey nape.
Note the distinctive white wing bar on dark wings contrasting with the light underside.