Baby Birdorable: European Goldfinch

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the European Goldfinch. European Goldfinches nest in early spring, unlike their American counterparts. They lay 3-7 eggs in a cup-shaped nest, and incubation lasts 10-14 days. Babies fledge at approximately 2 weeks after hatching.

Carduelis carduelis
Carduelis carduelis by Oliveira Pires
Goldfinch feeding baby.
Goldfinch feeding baby. by libby owen
Young goldfinch
Young goldfinch by pamseyes
baby goldfinch
baby goldfinch by michael.jh

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our (adult) Birdorable European Goldfinch t-shirts & gifts!


Georga on January 13, 2016 at 7:39 AM wrote:
Hi! I've just come across one of these as a baby and I need to know what to feed it!
Birdorable (Amy) on January 13, 2016 at 11:12 AM wrote:
Hi Georga, I would recommend trying to reunite the chick with its parents over taking it in. Baby birds are best raised by their own kind. Otherwise I would suggest trying to find a licensed wildlife rehabber to help you. Adult finches will take a variety of seeds but I don't know what kind of diet they have as chicks.
Jim Galbally on January 28, 2021 at 9:23 PM wrote:
The last picture is a hybrid between a Goldfinch and a Canary.

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