Being part of the Carduelis family which is spread both in Europe and in America, the Gold finch about which we are going to talk here originates from America and as it’s main feature in comparison to his cousins from other species of the same family his plumage is much more brighter.
Let’s describe the Gold finch a bit. First you will notice that it is a small bid so small it only has a height of 5” 13 cm. The predominant color of the Gold finch is golden yellow but that is not the only color that the bird has.
The male colors of the Gold finch are quite similar to the female of the same species as you will see for yourself when you will read the following:
The mask of Gold finch male is edged with white and in some cases there is also a bit of red. Their beak is cream and their eyes are light brown. Their wings are often presenting white and yellow spots at the tips. Their back is brown while their feet and legs are light brown. Their tail is black with white edges. As for the females the main difference is that their mask is of a bit more duller red and smaller when compared with the male one, fact which makes determining the sex of the bird a lot harder.
The diet of the Gold finch consists mainly in seeds. Their favorite seeds are Niger, but
They also eat canary mixture. Also you should feed your Gold finch with oats, some hulled sunflower seeds. But a good substitute for hemp which is actually illegal in some countries are still the sunflower seeds.
Since they like so much to breed, the Gold finch build a compact nest as a pair. The nest is made from hair, grass, wool and fluff. The female lays 4 – 6 eggs which she has to incubate them for 13 days. The Gold finch pair will make up to two nests per year. Also the male Gold finch can also breed with other species like canaries and other finches, thus creating colorful hybrids.
The life of the Gold finch is quite easy, they seem to leave in good harmony with humans since they actually prefer living in residential areas. However in the 70’s – 80’s their population drastically decreased because of inappropriate herbicide use in agriculture. Now the Gold finch seems to be back at a reasonable level but their fate is still unknown due to the change in agricultural herbicides from year to year.
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