Greenfinch

Greenfinch

Scientific name: Chloris chloris

Did you know: The Greenfinch is known for its vibrant yellow and green flash during flight, making it a colourful spectacle in the garden skies!

What Do Greenfinches Look Like? (how to identify them)

Greenfinches are small, stout finches, easily identified by their conical bills and distinctive yellow wing patches

Males are particularly striking with their olive-green plumage, complemented by brown backs and large grey patches on their wings, flanks, and tails. 

Their pinkish bills and legs, along with dark eyes, add to their charm. Females and juveniles are generally duller, sporting more brown and grey with yellow markings on their wings and tails.

Differences Between Male And Female Greenfinches

Male Greenfinches boast a vivid olive-green coat, setting them apart from the females, who display a more subdued mix of brown and grey. 

The males’ vibrant green plumage is complemented by yellow markings, whereas the females’ colouration is more muted, with faint yellowish hues around the eyes, shoulders, and belly.

What Do Greenfinches Eat?

Greenfinches have a predominantly vegetarian diet, feasting on seeds, flowers, buds, and fruits of various plant species. During warmer months, they supplement their diet with insects. 

These adaptable birds are known to frequent bird feeders, enjoying a range of seeds, making them a delightful sight in gardens.

Where Do Greenfinches Live? (inc. migration info)

Greenfinches thrive in a variety of habitats across the UK, including woodlands, farmlands, and urban areas. These adaptable birds are common in suburban gardens and parks, bringing life and colour to these environments. 

While Greenfinches are mostly resident birds, some migration does occur, especially in winter, when birds from northern Europe join the local population.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Greenfinches)

The Greenfinch’s song is a delightful mix of twittering and wheezing notes, often heard from treetops or during their flight. 

Their calls vary from short, sharp alarms to a rising ‘juwee’ sound, with the males producing a wheezy ‘dzeeeer’ territorial call. Listen for their warbled, trilled, and buzzed notes, particularly vibrant from January through summer.

Fun Greenfinch Facts (kid friendly)

  • Greenfinches can flash a bright yellow colour during flight.
  • They love eating seeds and sometimes insects.
  • You can hear their unique twittering and wheezing song in gardens.
  • Male Greenfinches have a striking olive-green coat, while females are more brown and grey.
  • They enjoy visiting garden bird feeders for a snack.
  • In winter, some Greenfinches migrate to the UK from northern Europe.
  • These birds build their nests in dense vegetation like conifers and hedges.
  • Greenfinches have a lifespan of about two years but can live over a decade in the wild.

Facts About The Greenfinch

Diet: Seeds and insects.
Bird Family: Finches
Length: 15cm
Wingspan: 26cm
Weight: 28g
Scientific Name: Chloris chloris

The Greenfinch 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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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile