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Small Unknown Bird - ?? Snow Bunting

Observed: 31st January 2010 By: David EcofaithDavid Ecofaith’s reputation in Birds

Small, Robin-sized: finch-like beak; creamy white breast; buff-brown head with darker stripe over crown; darker sides; pinkish white feet. Did not see back, tail or wings.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) interacts


sirhandle's picture

snow bunting

colouration for snow bunting is good but don't they usually have black or dark legs? Not sure about chaffinch either.

Just go out there and do it!!!

Urophora's picture

Be sure. It is a perfectly

Be sure. It is a perfectly normal female Chaffinch.

David Ecofaith's picture

?? Snow Bunting or Chaffinch

Thanks for your helpful comments. I doubt if it is a Snow Bunting, but also not sure about a chaffinch: how about a young female Brambling (Fringilla Montifringilla)? with a white creamy yellow breast, rather than a pinky red one. Also light coloured legs/feet, and a lighter/brown-buff head rather than a dareker grey one.

David Ecofaith

Urophora's picture

David - it is a Chaffinch.

David - it is a Chaffinch.

bobthebirder's picture


I agree. The combination of soft grey-brown markings and plain head is absolutely right for a female chaffinch. A brambling would have more gold colours on the breast, as would a snow bunting. Willow warblers have thin bills, yellow eye-stripes, green heads ... and are in Africa now.

Bob Ford