One of the most successful species of finch, chaffinches can be seen in a large variety of habitats. The main attraction for these nbirds are oak trees. They are traditionally woodland birds, but ar enow more commonly found in surbuban gardens or oin farmland.
Trapping these birds was finally made illegal in 1896, as they were caught and then sold on for as much as 50 shillings (which was alot back in those days) if the bird was a good singer.
Male Chaffinces have been known as the bachelor bird, due to them being in all male flocks in the winter months.
Chaffinches are almost unmistakable in appearance with the males presenting an array of vibrant colours. They have a silver-blue crown that begins at the beak and stretches down just below the head at the back. They have an orange-red face and chest that begins to fade to white as it approaches the legs. Their backs are chestnut brown and they have white wing bars that are easier to see when in flight. Female and juvenile chaffinches have a white chest and overall plumage colour of brownish grey-green leaving them with a less striking appearance than the male chaffinches.
Chaffinches usually eat seeds from a variety of plants and in summer time eat insects, invertebrates and caterpillars which is their favourite diet, chaffinches prefer to feed from the ground so are often seen underneath bird feeders eating seed dropped by other birds however they will perch and use a seed feeder. Chaffinches are not difficult to attract to your garden just ensure your seed mix contains a decent quantity of Sunflower Hearts and Black Sunflower Seeds, below you will find feed suitable for these lovely birds.