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European Goldfinch, Jilguero

Carduelis carduelis,

Description:

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

Habitat:

Open forest with pine trees and Holm oaks

Notes:

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

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2 Comments

arlanda
arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks Alice

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

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

arlanda
Spotted by
arlanda

Madrid, Madrid, Spain

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

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