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They have glossy black wings and tail feathers. They show a white rump. Legs and feet are fleshy brown. Their short, swollen and black bill is adapted to eat buds. The males can be distinguished by their orange breast.
This bird breeds across Europe and temperate Asia. It is mainly resident, but many nothern birds migrate further south in winter. They like mixed woodland with some conifers, including parkland and gardens.
Spotted on May 24, 2012
Submitted on May 24, 2012