European Goldfinch

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Common Name: European Goldfinch
Scientific Name: Carduelis carduelis

Size: 5 inches (12-13.5cm)

Habitat: Eurasia. Introduced to Southeast Australia. Found in open field areas, forest edges.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 75,000,000 - 350,000,000. Populations are stable.

Diet: Small seeds especially daisies and thistle; some invertebrates are eaten in summer months.

Breeding: Five eggs are laid in a nest in the outer twigs of tall leafy trees. Insects are caught to feed the young.

Cool Facts: Throughout history, the Goldfinch was kept as a caged songbird for it’s pleasant medley of trills and twiters, but always including the trisyllabic call phrase or a “teLLIT-teLLIT-teLLIT”.

While in warmer times, the goldfinch is more solitary they, in the winter, group together to form flocks of up to about 40 birds.

Goldfinches migrate locally or great distances to avoid colder weather.

Found in Songbird ReMix European Edition 1

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