Carduelis chloris
Bird Songs
Greenfinch buzz call

Greenfinch song

Greenfinch twee call


New Zealand status: Introduced

Conservation status: Introduced and Naturalised

European Greenfinches are the largest and most stockily built of New Zealand’s introduced finches. Large flocks are frequent outside the breeding season, often mixed with other species of finches.

Greenfinches are similar in size to house sparrows but are more thickset. Males are green, varying in intensity, with some yellow on the abdomen. There are bright yellow bars on the leading edges of the wings. The female, by contrast, is dull and sparrow-like with little yellow on the wings. Juveniles are similar to the adult female, but more streaked.

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Adult male greenfinch. Credit: Oscar Thomas. Adult female greenfinch. Credit: Oscar Thomas.