Species of the month:
January - Greenfinch
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Common Name: Greenfinch
Latin Name: Carduelis chloris
Identification: As the name suggests these birds are a bright shade of olive green with striking yellow or bright green streaks in their wings. The females are much duller in colour but still have the flashes in their wings. They are about the size of a great tit/house sparrow and have a short, chunky, robust beak for breaking open large seeds. They are quite a sociable bird with a wheezing song.
Behaviour: They are resident throughout the year in the UK. Greenfinches are happy feeding from feeders in gardens. They don’t take well to bird boxes but instead prefer to nest in small colonies in dense shrubs and trees.
Eats: Seeds- its beak is perfect for breaking open large seeds. They will also eat insects in the summer months and feed their young spiders and insects.
Where can they be found? In various habitats including towns & gardens, farmland, hedges, and woodland and even orchards.
Did you know?
The greenfinch population decreased by 35% in 2005 when there was an outbreak of the disease Trichomonosis which prevented them from feeding properly. To prevent the spread of this disease thoroughly clean your bird feeder stations!
Wildife Gardening Tips:
Here are some tips on how to encourage greenfinches into your garden:
- Plant fruit or seed producing plants in your garden such as dog rose (for yummy rose hips!)
- Fill your bird feeders with sunflower hearts!
- Buy your bird seed from The Really Wild Bird Food Company who support Dorset Wildlife Trust with every sale
- Plant dense hedgerows along your borders for greenfinches to nest in.
- Clean your bird feeder stations to prevent spread of disease.