Brambling is medium sized finch. It is almost entirely migratory.

How does the bird appear…

It has orange breast and shoulder with white rump. It has reduced amount of white on its wings, as well as by its orange parts, which fade into white on the belly and are spotted on the flanks. Brambling shows sexual dimorphism.

Male- Breeding male shows black head, dark upperparts, orange breast and white belly and black bill. Outside the breeding season, it has a mottled grey-brown head, with bluish-grey on the side of the neck, and dark brown wings with pale yellow edge. The bill is pale yellow to dark orange, with a black tip.

Female- Female is similar to non-breeding male with plain brown head and face. It has dull orange on breast and shoulders. The bill is horn-coloured and the legs are brown.
Juveniles are similar to female but have extensive buff-brown on the head and upperparts, while the rump and belly are tinged with dull yellow.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It is found in birch and coniferous woodland, as well as mixed deciduous forests.


It usually forages on ground in low shrubs, bushes and trees. It feeds on seeds and fruits but also takes insects.

Breeding & Nesting

It breeds from May to August. Nest is loose cup of grass placed in fork of tree. Usual clutch is 5-7 eggs. Eggs are incubated by female while male carries responsibility of feeding female. Incubation period is of 11-12 days.

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