Good bird but not singing yet.
Description: The European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) is a small passerine bird in the finch family that is native to Europe, North Africa and western Asia. The European Goldfinch has been introduced to other areas including Australia, New Zealand and Uruguay. It is often depicted in Italian renaissance paintings of the Madonna and Child and referred to as British Goldfinch, Eastern Goldfinch, Eurasian Goldfinch, Goldfinch, Thistle-finch. Euro Goldfinches can be kept at average household temperatures, but avoid fluctuations in temperature and drafts. Place the cage off of the floor and away from drafty areas such as doorways, vents or windows.
Geography: Europe, Central Asia, North Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Uruguay.
Song / Call: Click to hear the Euro Goldfinch
Size / Weight: 5"
Lifespan: 8-12 years
Temperament: European Goldfinches are social birds. Euro Goldfinches are also peaceful, and can be kept with other finches that are similar in size and temperament as long as the cage is large enough. A large flight cage or aviary would be appropriate housing for this situation, wider than it is tall to provide ample space for flying from perch to perch. These beautiful birds are high-energy animals, and need to be able to fly inside the cage to stay healthy.
Breeding: Spring (in Europe). European Goldfinches may breed in an aviary, sufficiently sized wire cage, or a large flight cage, although they seem to prefer well-planted aviaries. Toward the end of winter and early spring, pairs can be introduced to each other and started on a breeding diet about 1 month before breeding commences. Euro Goldfinches can be bred as pairs, trios, or in colony fashion (provided a large enclosure) and fed a commercial insectivorous diet and/or live food while breeding in addition to soft food, soaked seed, green food, and seed.
Diet: Black oiled sunflower seeds, oats groats, Goldfinch Seed Mix, dried egg food, mineral grit, spray millet along with dandelion greens, hemp, dried bread. Fresh green vegetables (cress, chickweed, dandelion greens, romaine lettuce, spinach, kale, collard greens, grass seedlings, cucumber, or broccoli) and fruits (apples, grapes, bananas or melons) should be offered daily. Protein is very important for their diet.
Please pay special attention to the European Goldfinch diet.
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Good bird but not singing yet.
I picked up my pair of goldfinches in good shape on July 7 and by the 15th they were fully acclimated and full of energy and the male began to sing. Birds are still healthy as can be at this writing in October. They love the bolted lettuce & basil from the garden, zinnias, sunflowers, and any veggie stem with aphids. Also pick the occasional sow thistle, chicory or other wildflowers with seed between the milk and dispersing stage for them. I’m very pleased with the health of these birds, as they are very entertaining acrobats, colorful and the singing has improved in a few short months as well.