This is the case of the bullfinch of the more western of these islands (Pyrrhula murina), the male of which, instead of the ruddy breast of its well-known congener (P. vulgaris), has that part of a sober mouse-colour.
The mountain-finches may be regarded as pointing first to the rock-sparrows (Petronia) and then to the true sparrows (Passer); while the grosbeaks pass into many varied forms and throw out a very well marked form - the bullfinches (Pyrrhula).
Of the Bullfinches the best known is the familiar bird (Pyrrhula 1 About 200 species of these have been described, and perhaps 150 may really exist.
teydea of the Canary Islands, which from its dark colouring and large size forms a kind of parallel to the Azorean Pyrrhula murina.
bullfinch Pyrrhulapyrrhula RED W, S Decline noted nationally has affected Essex particularly during late 1980s and early 1990s.