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European Goldfinch

(Carduelis carduelis)
Alternate name(s): "Goldfinch", "Gowdie"
German name(s): "Stieglitz", "Distelfink"

Size: 12-13 cm; wing span 21-25 cm
Weight: 14-19 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See European Goldfinch at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "carduelis"


Near-frontal view of an European Goldfinch

Lateral view of an European Goldfinch (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Ovcarsko-Kablarski Canyon, near Cacak, Serbia, October 2017]

Lateral view of an European Goldfinch (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Lateral view of an European Goldfinch

Two European Goldfinches in a tree top

Two European Goldfinches foraging in tall grass

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