Goldfinch


Goldfinch

The Goldfinch is one of the largest of the finch family, is highly coloured, sociable and often breeds in loose colonies. The collective noun for a group of Goldfinches is a ‘charm of goldfinches’.

Resident in the UK apart from far north & west Scotland. In the winter many Goldfinches migrate as far south as Spain.


Identification

Adult
The adult Goldfinch is easily identified with its distinctive face pattern of crimson, white & black. Its wings are black with a bright yellow patch that are visible both at rest & in flight. It has a warm brown back & and a white rump visible in flight.
Juvenile
The young Goldfinch lacks the face patterns & colour of the adult bird with its face being pale buff in colour.
Size
11.5 - 12.5cm
Bill
Fine & long.
Legs
Buff: medium in length
Habitat
The Goldfinch is a popular garden visitor, can be seen feeding from the bird table and feeders. Also can be seen anywhere there are bushes, trees and rough ground with thistles and other seeding plants.
Behaviour
Flits, takes off & lands from vegetation & ground.
Flight
Undulating
Voice
Sweet Tinkling

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
In bushes
Eggs
Lays 4 - 7 eggs, spotted blackish.
Incubation Period
12 - 14 days
Broods
2; April - May
Food
Insects, teasels, thistles, seeds, peanuts & pine nuts.
UK Breeding Pairs
230,000

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