Greenfinch

Carduelis chloris

About

A common, large finch of gardens, parks, woodland and farmland, the Greenfinch feeds on seeds, and will visit birdtables and feeders in gardens. In winter, they form flocks with other finches, and can be seen roaming the countryside and parklands for food. Greenfinches nest in small colonies in tree and bushes. In spring, they perform a display flight, showing off their yellow wing and tail patches. Between four and six eggs are produced and the chicks are fully fledged 18 days after hatching.

How to identify

Greenfinches are large, chunky finches that are mostly olive-green, but with a yellow patch on the wings and tail. Females are grey-green with less yellow.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

You can help to look after Greenfinches and other garden birds by providing food and water for them - it doesn't matter if you have a big garden or live in a high-rise flat, there are plenty of feeders, baths and food choices out there to suit all kinds of situations. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started. To buy bird food or feeders, visit the Vine House Farm website - an award-winning wildlife-friendly farm which gives 5% of all its takings to The Wildlife Trusts.

Species information

Common name
Greenfinch
Latin name
Carduelis chloris
Category
Birds
Finches and Buntings
Statistics
Length: 15cm Wingspan: 26cm Weight: 28g Average Lifespan: 2 years
Conservation status
Common.