Chaffinches - Western Isles Bird Sightings
Chaffinches are uncommon breeders in the western isles, though recently they can be seen all over the islands. Females are much duller than the males who have are red, orange patches with grey blue heads
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Chaffinches - Isle of Lewis and Harris Bird Sightings
The handsome male chaffinch has a pink breast with a blue grey head. A double white wing bar is also quite striking especially in flight.
The wing bars are formed by white patches on the wing coverts, and primary and secondary wing feathers. Its summer plumage is brighter that its winter plumage. White outer tail feathers. In summer, its bill is grey-blue, turning to pale brown in the winter.