24 March 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis)

Female European Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis

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


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.


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.


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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