Key information

The goldfinch is a highly coloured finch with a bright red face and yellow wing patch. Sociable, often breeding in loose colonies, they have a delightful liquid twittering song and call. Their long fine beaks allow them to extract otherwise inaccessible seeds from thistles and teasels. Increasingly they are visiting bird tables and feeders. In winter many UK goldfinches migrate as far south as Spain.

What they eat:

Seeds and insects in summer.


Length: 12cm Wingspan: 21-25.5cm Weight: 14-19g


 UK breeding: 1.2 million pairs

Identifying features:

A highly coloured finch, this bird species has different identifying features depending on sex/age/season.

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