Adults have black and white heads with red faces, a pointed narrow beak and jet-black wings with a broad yellow wing bar. Their rumps are white and they have black tails with white spots. The sexes are only distinguishable by small features on their faces. Juveniles, until late autumn, have the distinctive wings but lack the colourful heads; theirs are grey-brown and streaky.
Attract them with a mix of seeds on bird tables or in hanging feeders. For more information on seed mixes products.
Makes open-cup nest in shrubs.