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|The European Goldfinch or Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) is a small passerine bird in the finch family.|
Habitat and range
The goldfinch breeds 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. It will also make local movements, even in the west, to escape bad weather. It has been introduced to many areas of the world.
The average Goldfinch is 12–13 cm long with a wingspan of 21–25 cm and a weight of 14 to 19 grams. The sexes are broadly similar, with a red face, black and white head, warm brown upperparts, white underparts with buff flanks and breast patches, and black and yellow wings. On closer inspection male Goldfinches can often be distinguished by a larger, darker red mask that extends just behind the eye. In females, the red face does not reach the eye. The ivory-coloured bill is long and pointed, and the tail is forked. Goldfinches in breeding condition have a white bill, with a greyish or blackish mark at the tip for the rest of the year. Juveniles have a plain head and a greyer back but are unmistakable due to the yellow wing stripe. Birds in central Asia (caniceps group) have a plain grey head behind the red face, lacking the black and white head pattern of European and western Asian birds.
The species is divided into two major groups, each comprising several races. The two groups intergrade at their boundary, so the caniceps group is not recognised as a distinct species despite its readily distinguishable plumage.
Carduelis carduelis carduelis group.
• Carduelis carduelis balcanica. Southeastern Europe.
• Carduelis carduelis brevirostris. Crimea, north Caucasus.
• Carduelis carduelis britannica. British Isles.
• Carduelis carduelis carduelis. Most of European mainland, Scandinavia.
• Carduelis carduelis loudoni. South Caucasus, Iran.
• Carduelis carduelis major. Western Siberia.
• Carduelis carduelis niediecki. Southwest Asia, northeast Africa.
• Carduelis carduelis parva. Atlantic Macaronesic Islands (Canary I., Madeira), Iberia, northwest Africa.
• Carduelis carduelis tschusii. Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily.
Carduelis carduelis caniceps group.
• Carduelis carduelis caniceps. Southern central Asia.
• Carduelis carduelis paropanisi. Afghanistan to western Himalaya and Tien Shan.
• Carduelis carduelis subulata. South-central Siberia.
Linnaeus classified the bird as Fringilla carduelis.
The Goldfinch's preferred food is small seeds such as those from thistles (the Latin name is from Carduus, a genus of thistles) and teasels, but insects are also taken when feeding young. It also regularly visits bird feeders in winter. They nest in the outer twigs of tall leafy trees, or even in bamboo, laying four to six eggs which hatch in 11–14 days.
In the winter goldfinches group together to form flocks of up to forty birds, occasionally more.
The song is a pleasant silvery twittering. The call is a melodic tickeLIT, and the song is a pleasant tinkling medley of trills and twitters, but always including the trisyllabic call phrase or a teLLIT-teLLIT-teLLIT.
In earlier times, the Goldfinch was kept as a cagebird for its song. Escapes from captivity and deliberate releases have colonised southeastern Australia and New Zealand.
Taken from my car.
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- [2015-07-05 2:19]
Great capture. Very good exposure and wonderful colors. Great Dof and composition too.
Very well done.Regards Sigi
pracht opname van de putter
prachtige kleuren en leuke compositie
- [2015-07-05 7:05]
That's marvelously taken; .. like POV expo and authentic feather colours .. well done mate,
Beautiful bird and well captured keeping such OOF BG. Very nice sharpness and color. Well framed too..
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,
- [2015-07-05 10:50]
A gorgeous bird and nicely captured in an eye catching pose. Love the array of beautiful colors in it's plumage, you managed to obtain good eye contact. I like the clean colorful BG. I hope to see one of these pretty finches in person someday.
Ciao Peter, great macro of lovely bird in nice pose, superb sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Great pose of this goldfinch and fine POV, the yellow BG highlight the bird so well,great sharpness and beautiful colors
Have a good night
Very attractive Finch, Peter. Love those various shades of colour on it.
An interesting action shot with the bird tearing away something it has under one of its talons. Some of it still sticking to its bill looks cute.
Thanks and regards.
- [2015-07-06 5:24]
Excellent capture of European goldfinch in a very nice composition, perfect sharpness and details, very beautiful brilliant colors, very nice bokeh.
Excellent close-up photo of the European Goldfinch with its pose,
eye-contact with you, the POV you choose and the way you framed,
all gives dynamism to the photo, TFS
- [2015-07-07 8:33]
Hi Peter,magnificent capture of this colorful goldfinch! The position is original,an acrobatic face to face done in a great sharpness and bright colors,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Beautiful bird well captured with Very nice sharpness and color.