Brambling

For Christmas, I got a lot of things, including a new addition to my collection, a brambling.  We got it from the same taxidermist as the person who did my stoat and azure-winged magpie.  Bramblings are related to chaffinches, which are resident all the year round in the UK, and extremely common, but bramblings are only visitors in the winter.  They have orange breasts, and a mottled black cap on their heads, which the females don’t have at all in winter but have in the summer, when the males of the species have a very prominent black head.