Trumpeter Finch

Bucanetes githagineus (MHK Lichtenstein, 1823) TRUFI 16760
Family: Passeriformes > Fringillidae

The Trumpeter Finch is an inhabitant of dry landscapes, with a breeding range that extends from Morocco east to Pakistan.

Western populations can be nomadic when food is in short supply, and a few individuals have made it as far as Britain.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
237 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
237 records


237 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
237 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Trumpeter Finch breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
More from the Atlas Mapstore.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Trumpeter Finch, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Catalan: pinsà trompeter
Czech: hýl trubac
Danish: Ørkendompap
Dutch: Woestijnvink
Estonian: kõrbeleevike
Finnish: aavikkotulkku
French: Roselin githagine
German: Wüstengimpel
Hungarian: trombitás sivatagipinty
Icelandic: Lúðurfinka
Italian: Trombettiere
Latvian: sartais trompetsvilpis
Lithuanian: storasnape dykumine sniegena
Norwegian: Trompeterfink
Polish: gilak pustynny
Portuguese: pintarrôxo-trombeteiro
Slovak: hýlovec púštový
Slovenian: trobentar
Spanish: Camachuelo trompetero
Swedish: ökentrumpetare

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