One of the most prominent features of the Bullfinch is its bill. This stubby yet powerful looking apparatus has adapted specially for eating the buds of seeds, and it’s one of the reasons for the “bull” in Bullfinch, which is apparently used because of the bird’s front-heavy, bull-like appearance: the short, curved beak helps give the bird is famous shape. The Latinate taxonomy Pyrrhula pyrrhula is derived from the Greek word Purrhoulas, which means “worm eating bird”.
Similar to the Great spotted woodpecker, the Bullfinch has an incredibly large range, stretching from Ireland, through northern Europe, all the way to Japan. There is a simple key difference between our UK variants and those from further north: size and weight. Observe a Scandinavian Bullfinch and you’ll notice it is much larger than one from the UK.