European Greenfinch

About the European Greenfinch

Also known as: Greenfinch, Common Greenfinch, Western Greenfinch, Eurasian Greenfinch

The Greenfinch is a small bird that lives throughout Europe, northern parts of Africa, and southwestern Asia. They are named for their green body plumage; they also have yellow feathers on the edges of the wings. Males are typically brighter in color than females.

Greenfinches have typical finch beaks, conical in shape. Like other birds of the finch family, they feed primarily on seeds. They may also feed on berries.

Greenfinches are feeder birds in their range, common visitors to garden feeding stations throughout Europe.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 17 July 2010
Scientific Name
Carduelis chloris
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Carduelis
  • C. chloris
Birdorable Family
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
5.9 inches
9.6 to 10.8 inches


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Verdelhão
Czech (Cesky) zvonek zelený
Danish (Dansk) Grønirisk
Dutch (Nederlands) Groenling
Finnish (Suomi) viherpeippo
French (Français) Verdier d'Europe
German (Deutsch) Grünling
Italian (Italiano) Verdone eurasiatico
Japanese (日本語) オオカワラヒワ (aokawarahiwa)
Norwegian (Norsk) Grønnfink
Polish (Polski) dzwoniec
Russian (русский язык) Обыкновенная зеленушка
Spanish (Español) Verderón Común
Swedish (Svenska) Grönfink
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