European Goldfinch

I had been seeing flashes of a small bird in my weedy garden lately (I promise I’ll get to it one of these days ….. 🙂 ) and had been unable to determine what kind of bird it was until I spotted two of them the other day. They move so fast I couldn’t get a good photo so instead tried to video them.

I had never seen these birds before so had to research them. They are a European Goldfinch. These birds were introduced to south eastern Australia in the mid to late 1800s.

The male bird is very colourful and quite eye catching and I think the other bird in the video is a juvenile. They seem to love the seeds on the weeds. Now I have an excuse not to weed the garden bed! 😀

This is my last post for the year, so I hope you all have a happy and safe Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.




12 thoughts on “European Goldfinch

  1. They are a colourful little bird Sue, and at first we get excited that they may be a native. Amazing how many places they turn up even Norfolk Island. They tend to be more in the southern part of Aussie land and on Kangaroo Island also. You will see many more native lifers which are endemic to Tassie of which the Yellow Wattlebird (Australia’s largest honeyeater) is one of the most interesting finds. You have already met the Turbo Chook. Enjoy your exploring, there is not a lot of Tassie blogging of birds, animals and scenery so you may have a great niche. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year Sue!

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    1. Thanks Ashley, I’m hoping to get out and about more next year and discover some new places and native wildlife. Maybe I could be like an ambassador for Tassie through my blog. 🙂

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  2. yes Sue the little one without the colourful head is the juvenile, males and females are the same, so the adult bird could be the mother or father, they are lovely little birds and their main diet is seeds,

    wishing you a very happy Christmas and New Year Sue,

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  3. I had no idea they were here in Aus either. I grew up in the UK so am familiar with them from there. Such gorgeous little birds. Thank you for sharing your images and videos! Happy Christmas 🙂

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