Greenfinch perched on a branch (c) Margaret Sweeny


Greenfinches are very common UK countryside and garden birds. Closely associated with man's activities in Europe, Africa and Asia, they remain a popular visitor to garden bird tables. These colourful and sociable little finches have a short conical and powerful bill for breaking open large seeds. In spring, to show off the yellow feathers amongst the otherwise olive-green colouring, the males perform a wonderful dancing display flight, looking more like butterflies. They also sing a simple but musical song.

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Scientific name: Carduelis chloris

Rank: Species

Common names:

European greenfinch

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Map showing the distribution of the Greenfinch taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Greenfinch can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Greenfinch distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


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