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  European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)





European Greenfinch | Carduelis chloris photo
European Greenfinch

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European Greenfinch | Carduelis chloris photo
European Greenfinch

Image by Marek Szczepanek - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



EUROPEAN GREENFINCH FACTS

Description
The European Greenfinch is native to Europe, north Africa and south west Asia, and has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand. The male is mainly green with yellow on the wings and tail. The females and young birds are more brownish in colour on the back. The bill is thick and used for opening seeds. European Greenfinches sometimes form large flocks outside the breeding season, and may be seen with other species of finches.

Size
15cm

Habitat
woodland edges, hedges, bushy gardens

Food
seed. The young are fed insects by the adults.

Breeding
nests in bushes and trees. The females lays 3 to 6 pale eggs with brownish speckles

Range
The European Greenfinch is found throughout Europe, north Africa and south west Asia. In Australia it is found in eastern New South Wales, Victoria, eastern South Australia, and Tasmania

distribution map showing range of Carduelis chloris in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Fringillidae
Genus:Carduelis
Species:chloris
Common Name:European Greenfinch

Relatives in same Genus
  European Goldfinch (C. carduelis)
  Common Redpoll (C. flammea)