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European Goldfinch

European Greenfinch
European Bee-eater

About the European Goldfinch

Also known as: Goldfinch

European Goldfinches breed across Europe, North Africa, and western and central Asia, in open, partially wooded lowlands. It is resident in the milder west of its range, but migrates from colder regions.

The European Goldfinch is strikingly colored with a beauty red face. Male Goldfinches can often be distinguished by a larger, darker red mask that extends just behind the eye.

It eats small seeds such as thistles and teasels, but insects are also taken when feeding young. It also regularly visits bird feeders in winter.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 25 February 2008
Scientific Name Carduelis carduelis
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Carduelis
  • C. carduelis
Birdorable Family Finches
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
4.7 to 5.1 inches
8.3 to 9.8 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia South Asia North Africa

International Names

  • Pintassilgo-europeu (Brazilian)
  • Stehlík Obecný (Czech)
  • Stillits (Danish)
  • Putter (Dutch)
  • Tikli (Finnish)
  • Chardonneret àlàgant (French)
  • Stieglitz (German)
  • Cardellino (Italian)
  • ゴシキヒワ (Goshikihiwa) (Japanese)
  • 황금방울새 (Hwanggeumbangulsae) (Korean)
  • Stillits (Norwegian)
  • Szczygieł (Polish)
  • Черноголовый щегол (Russian)
  • Jilguero (Spanish)
  • Steglits (Swedish)

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