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European Goldfinch, Jilguero

Carduelis carduelis,


Small passerine bird in the finch family. It is 12–13 cm long with a wingspan of 21–25 cm. Both sexes are similar, with a red face, black and white head, brown upperparts, white underparts with buff flanks and breast patches, and black and yellow wings. Male Goldfinches have a larger, darker red mask that extends just behind the eye. In females, the red face does not reach the eye. The beak is white to ivory-coloured, long and pointed, and the tail is forked. Goldfinchs feed on small seeds from thistles (the Latin name is from Carduus, a genus of thistles) and teasels, but insects are also taken when feeding young. This is Carduelis carduelis parva subespecies which happens in Iberian peninsula, North-West Africa and Macaronesic islands


Open forest with pine trees and Holm oaks


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/500 sec.; f/11; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Focal Length: 300.0 mm.

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arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks Alice

alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Considering the shrubbery you had to work with the pictures are pretty good.

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Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Spotted on Apr 18, 2013
Submitted on May 17, 2013

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