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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Greenfinch - (Carduelis chloris)

The Greenfinch are all year round visitors to my garden feeders, however during winter the numbers rise dramatically with 30-40 visiting daily. Currently around a dozen are feeding mainly on sunflower seeds.

The Greenfinch is 15 cm long with a wing span of 24.5 to 27.5 cm. It is similar in size to a Housesparrow but is mainly green, with yellow in the wings and tail. The vividness of the green can vary between individual birds  The female and young birds are duller and have brown tones on the back while the juveniles are often heavily streaked on the breast. The bill is always thick and conical.

Adult male

 
 
 
female

 
juvenile
 
 
 

9 comments:

Stewart M said...

Nice looking birds - we have them here (introduced of course), but I can't remember seeing one for a while.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Andrew Fulton said...

Lovely birds to see on the feeders Dave...

mick said...

Beautiful birds and great to have so many coming to your feeders. My birding book says they were imported to SE Australia long ago - I'm guessing by some homesick British!

eileeninmd said...

Pretty birds! Wonderful photos!

Karen said...

Great shots. They are beautifully marked, love that bright yellow!

Gunilla Bäck said...

They're beautiful little birds! I love the first photo.

HansHB said...

Great looking bird, a Perfect WBW post!

Neil said...

Great photos.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

In Oregon we have what are called 'lesser goldfinch' and they look a lot like these lovely birds. Our Goldfinch (different from the Englsih one) is a bright yellow, but actually the "lesser" does look greenish just like this one.