Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
Adult

Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis
Finches Menu
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Other Finches
Blue-grey head
White wing patches
Pink underside
Brown back
Dark wings
Mottled head
Orange breast
Dark spots on flank
White rump
Dark back and wings
Pale grey head
Pink breast
Orange-brown back
Pale red forehead
Dark wings
Black streaked breast
Tawny-buff face
Streaked brown back
Pink rump
Dark wings
Pink breast
Pink forehead
Small bill
Brown streaked body
Whitish streaked underside
Red face
Black and white head
Bright yellow on wings
Tawny brown back
Pale underside
Green-yellow body
Stout bill
Yellow wing bar
Large heavy finch
Dark around eye
Black cap
Yellow head and breast
Black and yellow wings
Yellow wings
White underside
Bright yellow forehead
Yellow breast
Green and black wings
Forked tail
Female brownish
Chaffinch
Brambling
Linnet
Twite
Redpoll
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Siskin
Serin
Bullfinch
Crossbill
Hawfinch
Black cap, bill and nape
Bright red underside
Grey back
Black wings
White rump
Large heavy bill
Bright brown head
Brown body
Black wings
Whitish wing bar
Hooked, crossed bill
Red or green body
Dark wings
Dark eye
Habitat specific
Chaffinch
Brambling
Linnet
Twite
Redpoll
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Siskin
Serin (Rare)
Bullfinch
Hawfinch
Crossbill
Distribution:
Common resident breeding bird in most of Europe, a summer visitor to Northern Europe. Absent in North West Scotland, summer visitor to Northern Scotland.
Habitat:
A bird of farmland, hedges and woods, likes weedy places, often seen feeding on thistle heads. Can form large flocks in winter.
Notes:
One of the UK's most colourful birds, the Goldfinch is unlikely to be confused with any other. In winter, it is usually seen in small twittering groups, however where a food source is abundant it can form very large flocks of several hundred birds.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Fringilladae

Genus: Carduelis

Species: C. carduelis
Identification points of a Goldfinch
Goldfinch flying
Red face
Black and white head
Bright yellow on wings
Tawny-brown back
Pale underside
Black tail with white flashes

The Goldfinch is a colourful little finch, with red face, black and white head, yellow and black wings and a tawny-brown back.

Goldfinch
Both male and female birds are similar, this image shows the birds small but powerful bill, also note the white flashes on the black tail and the distinctive yellow wing bar, both visible in flight.