Blog Archive: Finches

Birdorable European Goldfinch

Baby Birdorable: European Goldfinch

October 8th, 2010 in Finches, Backyard Birds, Baby Birds 3 comments

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!

Birdorable American Goldfinch

Baby Birdorable: American Goldfinch

September 24th, 2010 in Finches, Backyard Birds, Baby Birds 1 comment

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 American Goldfinch. American Goldfinches breed relatively late in the summer, starting in June or July, or even into August. Females build a cup-shaped nest lined with soft material and lashed to tree branches with spider silk. Clutch size is from 2 to 7 eggs and the babies fledge about two weeks after hatching.

feeding baby goldfinch
feeding baby goldfinch by kalenewallin
FEED ME!!
FEED ME!! by missgingersnap
Feed me!
Feed me! by Doug Greenberg

 

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

Birdorable European Greenfinch

Bonanza Bird #11: The Greenfinch

July 17th, 2010 in Finches, Birdorable Bonanza 2010 2 comments
Birdorable European Greenfinch

For 18 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. Today's bird is the European Greenfinch, shown above with two other common European feeder birds: the European Goldfinch and Chaffinch. The European Greenfinch, known simply as Greenfinch in its native English-speaking countries, is a small bird of the finch family. Like other finches, they feed primarily on seeds, and will visit garden feeders to eat sunflower seeds and other bird seed. Greenfinches are social birds and it is not uncommon to find large flocks of them feeding together, especially outside of breeding season. They will form mixed flocks with other small birds, like European Goldfinches or Chaffinches.

Verdilhão / Greenfinch
Greenfinch by António Guerra

Tomorrow's bird is a chatty red parrot from Indonesia. Can you guess what it is?

Birdorable Gouldian Finch

Bonanza Bird #7: The Gouldian Finch, a colorful conundrum

July 13th, 2010 in Finches, Birdorable Bonanza 2010 3 comments
Birdorable Gouldian Finch

For 18 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. Today's bird is the beautiful Gouldian Finch! The Gouldian Finch is one of the most wildly colored birds on Earth. Native to Australia, this little finch's plumage includes feathers of red, yellow, green and black. The head is either red, black or yellow. Formerly considered three different kinds of finches, we now know that these are actually color variants of the same species that exist in the wild. Yellow is the rarest. Because of their amazing plumage, Gouldian Finches are very popular in aviculture. Since 1959 it has been illegal to export the birds from their native Australia. Still, the species is considered threatened today, mainly due to habitat loss. Other factors contribute to the decline of the species, including easy predation - due to their bright colors. If you'd like to learn about the effort to conserve the Gouldian Finch in Australia, visit Save the Gouldian Fund.

Tomorrow's bird is a brood parasite disliked by many bird lovers in North America. Can you guess what it is?

Birdorable Chaffinch

Environmental Chaffinch Sez Cars are Evil

July 24th, 2008 in In the News, Finches 1 comment
Birdorable Chaffinch on wrecked car

The owner of an Audi A2 and Golf GTI in Worcestershire, England, thought that vandals were attacking his cars with pen knives but was shocked that the culprit was actually a cute little Chaffinch. He believes the territorial bird was attacking its own reflection. It had taken chunks out of the bodywork around the windows and mirrors of the cars. Ciaran Nelson, of the RSPB, said: "Garden birds are very protective of their territories, particularly males. Shiny cars or car windows often provoke a very aggressive response, because they think their reflections are really a rival bird. It’s just a primeval reaction." Read more about this story here and here (with pics).