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European Greenfinch

(Chloris [Carduelis] chloris)
Alternate name(s): "Greenfinch"
German name(s): "Grünfink", "Grünling"

Size: 14-16 cm; wing span 24.5-27.5 cm
Weight: 20-31 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See European Greenfinch at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "chloris"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male European Greenfinch with ruffled feathers (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

Near-frontal view of a male European Greenfinch (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

Near-frontal view of a preening male European Greenfinch (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

Pair of European Greenfinches in bright sunshine; male in front, male at the back (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

Pair of European Greenfinches in bright sunshine; male right, female left (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

Pair of European Greenfinches in bright sunshine; male right, female left (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

Pair of European Greenfinches in overcast conditions; male right, female left (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

FEMALE

Near-lateral view of a female European Greenfinch feeding in melting snow (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2017]

Lateral view of a female European Greenfinch feeding on snow (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2017]

Lateral view of a female European Greenfinch (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a female European Greenfinch (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

Dorsal view of a female European Greenfinch (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2017]

Behaviour

European Greenfinches are quite shy and can be relatively hard to approach.

Food, Diet

Like all finches known to us, European Greenfinches are primarily seed-eaters.

Male European Greenfinch in the land of seeds aplenty (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

Lateral view of a female European Greenfinch taking seeds (sunflower kernels) from a bird feeder (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

grfinch_dw_20160701.mp3 chloris
(Poland)
Pair Q&A © DW
grfinch_dw_20160613.mp3 chloris
(Poland)
Pair Q&A © DW

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