Goldfinch, Goldfinch, Eurasian Goldfinch
Russian: Черноголовый щегол
Mongolian: Бор бужиранга, Бор бужирга
Japanese: ゴシキヒワ (Goshiki-hiwa)
Breeds in low-lying deciduous woodland, pine plantations and orchards.
Mainly summer visitor, majority wintering in S and W Europe. Often seen in
flocks after breeding. Frequently forages on seeding thistles, burdocks, etc.
Unmistakable with its red ‘face’, its otherwise black and white head, the
jet-black wing with broad yellow wing-bar (visible also on perched bird) and
prominent white rump and black tail with spots. Sexes in practice alike in the
field. Bill relatively long and very pointed, ivory-white.
- Juvenile (up to
Aug-Oct): Head grey-brown and diffusely streaked, without adult’s red, white
and black pattern.