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Common Characteristics of the Greenfinch
Where Does the Greenfinch live?
These birds’ natural habitat was originally in woodlands and forest edges, but they can now be found in gardens as well, making it possible to spot them near residences. Both types of greenfinches tend to stay in the continent and environment near where they grew up.
What are the Breeding Patterns of Greenfinches?
Late January is when you’ll start to hear the males sing, which is an indication that the birds are ready to get things moving. It will be about a month later, in late February, when the males and females start partnering off. Interestingly enough, it typically takes until about April for the official breeding to commence.
Greenfinches like to nest in what birders call “loose colonies” of 4-6 birds, typically within evergreen shrubs. As for the nests themselves, they gravitate towards those built from twigs, moss, and grass.
What Does the Greenfinch Eat?
Greenfinches’ large bills let them eat a wide variety of seeds easily, but they prefer black sunflower seeds or hearts, peanuts, seed mixes, and the occasional insect. These birds are more than happy to sit on hanging bird feeders, which may make them prime candidates for indulging in the feed around your neck of the woods.
What About Trichomonosis?
Sadly, a 2005 outbreak of trichomonosis (a virulent parasitic infection) led to a 35% decline in the presence of the Greenfinch. This disease, which causes excess salivation and vomiting, is easily spread through bird feeders and bird tables. It affects the back of the throat and the gullet, making it hard for birds to feed. Although now on the decline, birders are cautioned to be extra attentive when cleaning their bird feeders to help prevent transmission of the disease. Thank you for your support of wildlife and wild birds!
Valley Farms Wild Finch Mix Wild Bird Food
Created for finch feeders, this specialty blend attracts the house finch, gold finch, and purple finch. Our finch mix features two different kind of finch millet, Nyjer (black thistle) seed, canary seed, and sunflower chips which are fine enough to fit through the tiny feeding holes on a finch bird feeder.
Regions: North America, All Areas