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Bird  Greenfinches

Male Greenfinch - Photo  Copyright 2006 Steve Botham: s.botham@ntlworld.com
Photo: Steve Botham

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Latin name: Carduelis chloris

Size: Approximately 15cm long.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: All year round

Habitat: Gardens, parks, woodland and farmland.

Food: Seeds.

Special features: The male greenfinch has bright green plumage on the chest, head and back. At rest the edges of the wings have a yellow band along the edge. In flight this can be seen as a patch along the primary feathers 

Click for a better viewThe female greenfinch has a more greyish chest colour and a brownish coloured head and back.


The stout beak in both the male and female greenfinch is a very pale pink colour.


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