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European Goldfinch

Kingdom: Animalia    Phylum: Chordata   Class: Aves (Birds)    Order: Passeriformes    Family: Fringillidae

European Goldfinch
European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) - photo © Rajiv Lather

European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) is a resident and winter visitor in western and central Himalayas.

Size: 13-15 cm;  Wingspan: 22-26 cm;  Weight: 15-19 g

Identification: A highly colored finch with a bright red face, yellow wing patch, brown upperparts and white tertial markings. The ivory-colored bill is long and pointed, and the tail is forked. Sexes alike. Juveniles have a plain head and a greyer back but are unmistakable due to the yellow wing stripe.

Habits: Sociable, often breeding in loose colonies. They like trees and bushes with areas of tall weeds nearby. These passerines migrate to southern warmer regions in the winter.

Food: Seeds and insects.

Call: A liquid, twittering song with trills.

Breeding: Nest in outer twigs of tall leafy trees. Eggs: 4-6; Incubation: 11-14 days; Fledging: 13-18 days.

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