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Greenfinch Carduelis chloris

A common, large finch of gardens, parks, woodland and farmland, the greenfinch feeds on seeds, and will visit birdtables and feeders in gardens. In winter, they form flocks with other finches, and can be seen roaming the countryside and parklands for food. Greenfinches nest in small colonies in tree and bushes. In spring, they perform a display flight, showing off their yellow wing and tail patches. Between four and six eggs are produced and the chicks are fully fledged 18 days after hatching.

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Did you know?
  • Ringing of British breeding greenfinches show that they seldom move more than 20km from their birthplace.
  • In Victorian times greenfinches were kept in cages as songbirds.
  •  Local names for the greenfinch are usually linked to the colour and include green linnet and green grosbeak.
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