Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
Adult Male (Summer)

The Greenfinch is a large heavy finch, mostly green to yellow coloured with a distinctive yellow wing bar.

Greenfinch

Carduelis chloris
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Finches Menu
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
Identification points of a Greenfinch
Juvenile Greenfinch
Greenfinch flying
Distribution:
Common resident breeding bird in most of Europe, a summer visitor to Northern Europe.
Habitat:
A bird of farmland, hedges and woods, likes areas of large gardens and orchards. Avoids areas of higher ground.
Notes:
A large heavy bird, the male Greenfinch in summer is a striking bird easy to identify, females and males in winter are much duller and not so distinctive. UK numbers have recently been drastically reduced due to Trichomonosis, a disease which the Greenfinch is particularly susceptible to and can be caught from dirty bird feeders.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Fringilladae

Genus: Carduelis

Species: C. chloris
Green-yellow body
Stout bill
Yellow wing bar
Large, heavy build
Dark eye
Yellow rump
Adult Female/Male Winter
Juvenile
Male Greenfinch
Faint grey on side of neck
This male Greenfinch is showing his bright summer plumage, note the grey colouration of the neck and head, also note the striking yellow flashes on the wings and the heavy bill.
Female Greenfinch
Thanks to: http://photo-natur.de/ (Modified)
The female Greenfinch is similar to the male except she is much duller, however in winter the male also becomes much duller making it difficult to distinguish sexes.
Juvenile birds in mid-summer can cause confusion, they are much browner than their parents and lack the yellow rump, they have diffuse streaking across their entire plumage, however they still have the yellow flash on their wings and tail which coupled with their size should confirm identification.