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4/10 Facts about Bullfinch



  • The Azores bullfinch is one of the world’s rarest birds, with a population of fewer than 120 pairs restricted to the island of Sao Miguel 
  • The name ‘Bullfinch’ comes from the bird’s front heavy bull-headed appearance. 
  • Bullfinches were once popular cage birds. They can be taught to imitate a special bird flute or whistle. 
  • The short, stubby beak is specially adapted for feeding on buds. 
  • They are particularly enthusiastic eaters of the buds of certain fruit trees. Conference, Dr Jules and Williams pears are particularly popular, along with Morello cherries. 
  • due to their bud-eating habits, many thousands used to be legally trapped and killed each year in English orchards. 

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