Eurasian Bullfinch

Scientific Name
Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Conservation Status
Least Concern (LC)

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The Bullfinch, Common Bullfinch or Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. In Anglophone Europe it is known simply as Bullfinch, as it is the original bird to bear the name bullfinch.
The Bullfinch is a bulky bull-headed bird. The upper parts are grey; the flight feathers and short thick bill are black; as are the cap and face in adults (they are greyish-brown in juveniles), and the white rump and wing bars are striking in flight. The adult male has red underparts, but females and young birds have grey-buff underparts. The pleasant song of this unobtrusive bird contains fluted whistles.
The taxonomy was described in 2001 by Arnaiz-Villena et al. All birds belonging to Genus Pyrrhula have a common ancestor: Pinicola enucleator.
This bird breeds across Europe and temperate Asia. It is mainly resident, but many northern birds migrate further south in the winter. Mixed woodland with some conifers is favoured for breeding, including parkland and gardens.
This species does not form large flocks outside the breeding season, and is usually seen as a pair or family group.
It builds its nest in a bush, (preferably more than 4 metres tall and wide),mature stands of scrub, or tree, laying four to seven eggs. It is peculiar among Passeriformes for having spermatozoa with a rounded head and a blunt acrosome.
The food is mainly seeds and buds of fruit trees, which can make it a pest in orchards. Ash and hawthorn are favoured in autumn and early winter. If wild bird cover is planted for it, Kale, Quinoa and Millet are preferred, next to tall hedges or woodland.
Described subspecies include: * P. p. pileata W. MacGillivray, 1837 – British Isles * P. p. europoea Vieillot, 1816 – western and central Europe * P. p. iberiae Voous, 1951 – mountains of south-west France, northern Portugal and northern Spain * P. p. pyrrhula (Linnaeus, 1758) – northern, south central and eastern Europe across Siberia and central Asia to the Sea of Okhotsk * P. p. rossikowi Derjugin & Bianchi, 1900 – Turkey, Caucasus and north-west Iran * P. p. caspica Witherby, 1908 – Azerbaijan and northern Iran. * P. p. cineracea Cabanis, 1872 (Baikal Bullfinch) – Siberia, north-east Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China * P. p. cassinii S. F. Baird, 1869 – Russian Far East and north-eastern China * P. p. griseiventris Lafresnaye, 1841 – Russian Far East, China, Korea and Japan The Azores Bullfinch, previously regarded as a subspecies of Eurasian Bullfinch, is now recognised as a distinct species.