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Goldfinch

 (other names: Chardonneret élégant, Stieglitz, Pintassilgo)

Goldfinch
life expectancy:15 years
scientific name:Carduelis carduelis
distribution:Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia
family:Fringillidae
dimensions:12 to 13 cm
compatibility: agressivesinging ability: excellentloudiness: very loud
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History [ edit ]

Goldfinches are songbirds and, as the name indicates, part of the finch group. Its scientific name, Carduelis carduelis, reflects his gastronomical taste for thistle, since Carduus means thistle in Latin.

Goldfinches are very migratory birds, that breed in the northern part of his territory and fly South in flocks of hundreds individuals when winter approaches. A flock of Goldfinches is often called a charm. Their natural habitat ranges from Azores, to Western Asia, including the Northern part of Africa. They have been introduced in Australia, in the city areas, but they are spreading to more rural areas. Within their natural territory, they can be found in grasslands, woodlands and outskirts of human settlements, being quite common in parks or city gardens. They are considered a pest in some orchards.

These birds are now considered common in the wild, since they were able to recover from the massive entrapment for trading that occurred in the 19th century.
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