The parrot crossbill is a large and powerful member of the finch family, extremely similar to the crossbill and Scottish crossbill. They have a similar bill structure to both of these birds, but have a call that is much deeper and distinctive - this is the best way to separate them.
Males are orange to red colour with darkish wings and tails. Females are grey or olive-green in colour. Both have sharp forked tails and parrot-like bills.
The parrot crossbill flared up in Britain after the corn crop failure in parts of Europe and has bred away from Abernethy Forest where they have a stronghold.
Their diets consist of conifer seeds, mainly pine. In the breeding season they'll eat insects too.
This small to medium sized finch is a breeding resident found throughout the UK apart from the far west of northern Scotland. A social bird, it often feeds in flocks throughout the year.
An exquisite little bird, distinguished by red face and characteristic bright yellow wing bands.
This medium sized finch is a specialised feeder with a chunky downwards curving beak which is crossed at its end giving rise to its descriptive name.
With its powerful voice and frequent singing, the chaffinch is one of the birds most heard in woodland and parks.