I'm a colorful chap! - Goldfinch - NZ - Southland


Gore, New Zealand

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The European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), or just Goldfinch, is a passerine bird of the finch family. It breeds across Europe, North Africa, and western and central Asia, in open, partially wooded lowlands. It is resident in the milder west of its range, but migrates from colder regions. It will also make local movements, even in the west, to escape bad weather. It has been introduced to many areas of the world. The average Goldfinch is 5 inches long with a wingspan of 9 inches and a weight up to 0.7 ounces. The sexes are broadly similar, with a red face, black and white head, warm brown upperparts, white underparts with buff flanks and breast patches, and black and yellow wings. On closer inspection male Goldfinches can often be distinguished by a larger, darker red mask that extends just behind the eye. In females, the red face does not reach the eye. The ivory-coloured bill is long and pointed, and the tail is forked. Goldfinches in breeding condition have a white bill, with a grayish or blackish mark at the tip for the rest of the year. Juveniles have a plain head and a grayer back but are unmistakable due to the yellow wing stripe. Birds in central Asia have a plain gray head behind the red face, lacking the black and white head pattern of European and western Asian birds.
Location Taken: Gore, Southland, New Zealand.
Panasonic Lumix Camera Model DMC-FZ35 3 Sept. 2010

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