European Goldfinch

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 25 February 2008
Scientific Name
Carduelis carduelis
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Carduelis
  • C. carduelis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
4.7 to 5.1 inches
8.3 to 9.8 inches


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Pintassilgo-europeu
Czech (Cesky) Stehlík Obecný
Danish (Dansk) Stillits
Dutch (Nederlands) Putter
Finnish (Suomi) Tikli
French (Français) Chardonneret àlàgant
German (Deutsch) Stieglitz
Italian (Italiano) Cardellino
Japanese (日本語) ゴシキヒワ (Goshikihiwa)
Korean (한국어) 황금방울새 (Hwanggeumbangulsae)
Norwegian (Norsk) Stillits
Polish (Polski) Szczygieł
Russian (русский язык) Черноголовый щегол
Spanish (Español) Jilguero
Swedish (Svenska) Steglits
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