Although less than 100 greenfinch were introduced from Europe between 1862-68 they are now common throughout New Zealand in farmland shelterbelts, the edges of pine plantations and native bush and scrub fringes, orchards and large gardens. In autumn and winter they often form large flocks. This olive green finch has a pale heavy bill and prominent yellow on the sides of the tail and the edges of the closed wing. The brightest coloured males olive green males have a conspicuous yellow eyebrow and yellowish belly. The females are a browner dull olive green. In the breeding season the male’s call is a repeated harsh drawn out “dzwee” (like a long tailed cuckoo call). Other common calls are a pleasant twittering “chichichichichit-teu, teu, teu, teu” and a rising “tsooeet”. Greenfinch feed mainly on seeds (maize, cereals, oilseed, rape, brassicas, linseed, sunflowers, peas, hops, redroot, chickweed, storksbill, thistles and pine) supplemented with fruit buds and a few invertebrates. Two Male green finches and a female feeding on seed that has been covered in snow.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Southland New Zealand July 2011
Aghhh!!..Iced Seed… I Guess It’s Better Than None!!