Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis)

The goldfinch in one of Britain’s most colourful birds and is easily identifiable by it’s unique red and white striped face.

Appearance:

The goldfinch is a small bird of around the size of a great tit. The most noticeable characteristics of the bird are the bright red stripe on a white background seen on the head and also the yellow splash on the wing.

Habitat:

Less common than some of our other finches but the goldfinch is most often seen in woodland, in trees surrounding parks and garden or eating from bird feeders.

Food:

The goldfinch is mainly a seed eater and will visit garden bird tables and feeders. They enjoy many wild seeds particularly those of the thistle which they may be seen plucking in winter months.

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