Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla), a finch widely distributed over the north of Europe and Asia, visiting Britain in the autumn and remaining till spring. The male is nearly 7 in. long; head, neck, and upper part of back mottled with black and brown in winter, changing to glossy black in spring; throat, breast, and wings fawn, the latter barred with black; belly and rump white; tail forked. These birds frequent stubble fields and in winter feed on mast. The call note is a monotonous chirp. Called also Bramble-finch and Mountain-finch.