Bramblings are small birds with black heads and orange throats and chests. They have black wings with some white and orange bars. Their bellies are white. Females are less distinct and share the same patterns as juveniles except that their head is orange. 

  • Fringilla montifringilla
  • Length: 6.3 in (16 cm)
  • Weight: 0.81-1.02 oz (23-29 g)
  • Wingspan: 9.8-10.2 in (25–26 cm)


Bramblings are usually found in northern Europe, Africa, and Asia, but they also wander into Alaska, occasionally Canada, and northern US states during migration.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Bramblings in birch tree woods, willow forests, agricultural fields, parks, and backyards. They feed on insects in the summer and eat seeds during the winter.

Brambling Call:


Nests of Bramblings are usually up in a tree, secured in a forked tree branch. Females build the nest using grass, birch bark, and moss and strengthen it with spider webs, wool, and down feathers. There may be up to seven eggs at a time, and they take almost two weeks to hatch. 

Fun Fact:

In winter, bramblings form flocks in the thousands, maybe even millions, but only in their usual winter regions.