Brambling

Other Names: Mountain Finch

Distribution: northern Europe and Asia in summer; southern Europe, north Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and east Asia in winter. Occasionally found in Alaska.

Brambling distribution range map

Description:

Size: 14-16 cm in length with a 24-26 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Both sexes show a combination of a long, oval white rump and almost completely black tail that is characteristic of the species. Breeding males have a glossy black head and mantle, bordered by an orange blaze extending from the breast across the shoulder and below the back. In winter, males have a black-speckled face and crown and black-splashed mantle.

Female and juveniles can be distinguished from the males by a mottled dark brown head and broad buff eyestripe, and grayer coloration on the sides of the neck.

Species image
Brambling

Brambling

Bill Shape
cone
Eats
apple-slices
commercial-mixed-bird-seed
fruit
millet
peanut-kernels
safflower
suet
Regions
alaska
alberta
aleutians
atlanticcoast
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
idaho
indiana
iowa
kansas
manitoba
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
montana
nebraska
nevada
new hampshire
new jersey
new york
north carolina
north dakota
nova scotia
ohio
ontario
oregon
pacific coast
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south dakota
utah
vermont
washington
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
Forests
Urban
Color
orange
black
Body Shape
perching
Size
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
finches - fringillidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species