Greenfinch Chloris chloris

Class Aves: Birds » Order Passeriformes: Passerines » Family Fringillidae: Finches » Chloris chloris (Linnaeus, 1758)

Length 14-16 cm. Wingspan 24-27 cm. Weight 25-32 g.

The male is the brighter, apple green of the two sexes, the female the slightly duller coloured.

The Greenfinch gathers in flocks together to feed, eating seeds from trees or plants, berries and nuts. It also visits birdtables and feeders in town and village gardens. It nests in bushes made of grass and twigs lined with finer stems, hair and feathers. The female lays 4-6 eggs in 1 or 2 broods from April to July. It can live for up to 3 years.

Seen all year round, and found in open deciduous woodland, parks, large gardens, orchards, busy habitats, hedgerows, farmland, coastal cliffs with good coverage of vegetation. Once in decline in the 1970s and 1980s, but increased quite substantially in the 1990s, it is a common and widespread species, and has an RSPB green status.