This colourful finch, a resident in the UK can be seen pretty much anywhere that there are meadows, hedgerows and gardens. It feeds on various tree seeds, and on thistle and dandelion seeds, which it can obtain owing to its thin bill and light weight. Niger and teasel seeds may also attract them into the garden. Often seen in flocks the collective name for these birds is 'a charm' very appropriate considering the beautiful bubbling, tinkling song that it has.
The cup shaped nest is usually built in a tree towards the end of a branch or in a bush. Breeding usually starts in late April. They produce 2-3 clutches a year.
The sexes are similar. Juveniles are generally a dull brown with black wings and pale brown wing bands, and lack the red, white, and black head