Goldfinch
Animals, Birds

Scientific name: Apamea monoglypha

A highly coloured finch with a bright red face and yellow wing patch. Sociable, often breeding in loose colonies, they have a delightful liquid twittering song and call. Their long fine beaks allow them to extract otherwise inaccessible seeds from thistles and teasels. Increasingly they are visiting birdtables and feeders. In winter many UK goldfinches migrate as far south as Spain.

Location:
England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
Specific name:
Carduelis carduelis
Habitat:
Edge of forests and areas with scattered trees and bushes, including orchards, gardens and parks.
Height:
12cm
Weight:
14-17g
Population:
313,000 territories

Where you can see them

Anywhere there are scattered bushes and trees, rough ground with thistles and other seeding plants. Likes orchards, parks, gardens, heathland and commons. Less common in upland areas and most numerous in southern England.

When to see them

All year round.

Caterpillar Food Plants

Grasses including Common Couch (Elytrigia repens) and Cock’s-foot (Dactylis glomeratus).

Habitat

A ubiquitous species, found in gardens, all types of grassland, arable land, hedgerows and verges, woodland, marshes, heathland and high moorland.