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UK Nature  > Birds  > Carduelis carduelis

Scientific Name:   Carduelis carduelis
Common Name:   Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis, more commonly known as the Goldfinch, is approximately 12cm in length. The red, black and white head and golden yellow wing bars readily identify it, making a mis-identification impossible, even for a beginner to bird watching.

Their call is lilting, tinkling "tsweet-tsweet-tsweet" and a harsher call of "geeze-geeze-geeze". Small seeds are the staple diet of the Goldfinch, often taken from the flowerheads of dandelions and thistles before they are ripe. Fairly easily attracted to specialist 'thistle' seed feeders in the garden. Varies diet by also eating spiders and insects.

Their nest is a neat cup of moss, grass, and other plant material, lined with wool and plant hairs and built by the female, usually in a tree or tall shrub. Commonly found in woodland edges, hedgerows, orchards, parks and gardens but can be found in more open country in the winter months. Resident throughout the UK.
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