This small finch is a resident at Wellington where it can be seen amongst the quads and gardens. Often in large family flocks called Charms, they will descend en masse to feed on seeds and buds on plants. Their bills are particularly adapted to take the seeds out of thistle heads. A colourful bird, the male and female are almost indistinguishable, they are characterised by their red face and golden bars on their wings.

Goldfinch on seed heads in College Garden -28.3.20- Mark Dodd

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