Greenfinch – Cardelis chloris

The Greenfinch is a truly colourful character and the largest and most common of the finches. It’s widespread throughout the UK.


Male: A thick-set bird with a white bill, a green back, yellow underparts, grey wings with a yellow edge and a black, medium-length tail with yellow side feathers.
Female: Paler and browner than the male.
Size: 14—15cm.
Bill: White, short and stubby.
Legs: Pink, medium length.
Habitat: A common countryside bird, found in woodlands, hedges, orchards, farmland and gardens.
Behaviour: Flits, perches openly, hops, takes off/lands from vegetation or ground.
Flight: Undulating.
Voice: Nasal skee-er, chup-chup flight call. Twittering, wheezing song.


Nest: Bushes.
Eggs: 4—5. Pale blue with black spots.
Incubation period: 12—14 days.
Fledgeling: 13–16 days.
Broods: 2–3. April–May.
Food: Seeds, berries, peanuts and pine nuts.
UK breeding pairs: 560,000.

Suggested feed

Countrywide Niger Seed, Countrywide Greenfinch Mix.

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