Kennedy Wild Bird Food Guide to the the Chaffinch

The chaffinch is one of Britain’s most common birds and can also be found across Europe, Siberia and occasionally along Northern Africa!

Only a small bird, the male can be easily spotted due to its colourful markings of grey, red, brown and white. The females, however, like many species of bird, are a duller, brown shade, but still, have the distinctive chaffinch white markings on the wings.

What does a chaffinch look like?

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Male chaffinch
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Female chaffinch

What does the chaffinch eat?

They often like to band together when feeding and are usually seen in wide open spaces, feeding on seeds on the ground. This is why we highly recommend our Superior Finch mixture for the winter months! 

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However, during breeding season, they prefer to go for small insects, such as caterpillars or flying bugs mid air! They are also partial to earwigs and spiders found on the trees of their nests, helping them feed their young a wholesome and nutritious diet. Between the breeding months of April-June, why not stock up on some of our Dried Mealworm

Want to stock up on supplies to entice these pretty little feathered friends to your garden? Head over to our store to take a look at our wild bird food mixes and accessories!

What does it sound like?

If you’re also wondering what it sounds like, its call is fairly repetitive and often described as ‘shrill’. Starting in short bursts and ending in lower tones, it’s distinctive and easily heard over other breeds.

Click here to listen to the chaffinch song