European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Fringillidae
  • Polytypic: 12 subspecies
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This European species was introduced both to Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as Montevideo, Uruguay. It seems to have established itself more strongly in Uruguay, and at times it may coexist there with its relative the European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris). It is not known when it was introduced, but it appears to have been after the House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) and even the Greenfinch, but still many decades ago. The European Goldfinch is found largely in suburban sites along the Uruguayan coast, particularly where introduced pines (Pinus spp.) are found. They share this habitat with Hooded Siskins (Carduelis magellanicus) and there is no obvious competition between the two, at least the native siskins tend to be more abundant than the introduced goldfinch where found together.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: