Male Goldfinch


Scientific name: Carduelis carduelis

Did you know: Goldfinches, known for their sociable nature, migrate as far south as Spain during the UK winter.

What Do Goldfinches Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

Goldfinches are a vibrant display of nature’s artistry. 

Adults feature a radiant red face paired with a striking yellow wing patch. Their slender beaks, specialised for seed extraction, add to their distinct appearance.

Differences Between Male And Female Goldfinches

Male and female Goldfinches share a similar colourful plumage. However, the males typically exhibit a slightly larger red mask on their faces, extending just behind the eye, distinguishing them from their female counterparts.

What Do Goldfinches Eat?

These finches have a diet primarily comprising seeds, especially from thistles and teasels. During summer, their diet diversifies to include insects, catering to their nutritional needs.

Where Do Goldfinches Live? (Including Migration Info)

Goldfinches grace various habitats, from urban gardens to farmlands. While many reside in the UK year-round, a significant number migrate to warmer regions like Spain during winter.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Goldfinches)

Goldfinches are celebrated for their delightful twittering songs and calls. This melodious chirp is not just a treat for the ears but also a signal of their presence in the vicinity.

Fun Goldfinch Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Goldfinches can skillfully extract seeds from thistles with their fine beaks.
  • Their social nature often leads them to breed in loosely connected groups.
  • These birds are increasingly becoming regular visitors to bird tables and feeders.
  • The Goldfinch’s population in the UK is robust, with an estimated 1.2 million breeding pairs.
  • They possess a unique and charming song, adding a musical backdrop to their habitats.

Facts About The Goldfinch

Diet: Seeds and insects in summer.
Bird Family: Finches
Length: 12cm
Wingspan: 21-25.5cm
Weight: 14-19g
Scientific Name: Carduelis carduelis

The Goldfinch Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

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