Species group: Exotic Songbirds
Other common names: Greenfinch, Common Greenfinch, Wild Canary (a name also used for other species)
Scientific name: Carduelis chloris or Chloris chloris
The adaptable European Greenfinch is a hardy songbird widely admired in Europe for its ready song, its relatively easy care, and its willingness to breed in cages as well as aviaries.The wild Greenfinch is a widespread and successful seed-eater that frequently appears at bird feeders throughout Europe. This hardy species has also been successfully introduced into the wild in some parts of Australia. Its taxonomy is still under debate. Many researchers place it in the Carduelis genus with the European Goldfinch but others have suggested that it belongs in its own genus, Chloris.
As the name suggests, the wild form is a rather plain greenish bird with a seed-cracker's bill. However, several mutations have been developed over the years, including a bright yellow lutino with red eyes. The males are somewhat more colorful and definitely more determined singers than the females.
25 - 32 grams (1 oz.)
14 - 15 centimeters (5.5 - 6 in.)
10 - 12 years
Behavior / temperament:
Greenfinches have become popular with British exhibitors because they are hardy and confident birds that are relatively easy to breed. Like any finch, they don't wish to be petted and they don't learn tricks, but they often become quite calm and happy around their people.
The agreeable European Greenfinch can be kept in a large, well-planted mixed-species aviary. Pairs can also nest successfully in large breeding cages screened with greenery like evergreen branches. Indeed, cage breeding is undoubtedly the best way to continue to control who mates who if you're breeding to create mutations or to exhibit in competitive shows.
Greenfinches are seed-eaters that enjoy a quality canary or greenfinch seed mix at the heart of their diet. However, they can't live on seeds alone, and they also need healthy greens such as chickweed, sprouts, fruit like berries or chopped apple, and protein sources like eggfood. Some breeders also offer live insects. This species occasionally has a tendency to gain too much weight, but owners have gotten their Greenfinches back into shape by moving them to a planted aviary where they can exercise by flying.
Written by Elaine Radford
hardy bird, solid finches
typical British bird
Greenfinch are a typical British bird in so far as they are sturdy birds, hardy with no particular temperature requirements. They are easy to feed and enjoy mealworms or other livefood in addition to their main seed diet. These are quite big, solid finches who can pose a danger to other smaller birds but my pair have never done anything more than the occasional bickering session, usually with the green canaries who the cock bird sees as a threat! Again like most British they are not really trainable birds but my hen does come to my hand for food quite often on a morning which is a real treat. Make sure any greenfinches bought have the correct ring on to prove captive breeding or otherwise are illegal to be sold..
From angelatempest Jan 28 2014 9:30AM