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Goldfinch

Bird trail goldfinch

The goldfinch is a highly coloured finch with a bright red face and yellow wing patch.
Sociable, often breeding in loose colonies, they have a delightful liquid twittering song and call.

Their long fine beaks allow them to extract otherwise inaccessible seeds from thistles and teasels. Increasingly they are visiting bird tables and feeders.

In winter many UK goldfinches migrate as far south as Spain.

Length:
12cm
Wingspan:
21-25.5cm
Weight:
14-19g
UK breeding:
1.2 million pairs

Source: RSPB.org.uk