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Male Goldfinch

Observed: 21st June 2012 By: David Mitchell
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Goldfinches
Female Goldfinch
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) interacts

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Sex

Yes, the first picture could be a male, as the red is very bold and seems to stretch behind the eye. The second picture looks less convincing, though. Some females can be very similar. In the hand, I tend to use the colour of the lesser coverts, together with the pattern of the red. I assume you were using the extent of red to sex it as a male?

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Sex

Yes, I thought it just too much red for a female, the second could have been a juvenile.

David

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Juvenile

Not a juvenile, as that would have a pale head at this time of year. Possibly you have a pair shown, or at least a male and a female. To be honest, though, you need a good view and you need birds which are really boldly one sex or the other. Many cannot be told apart in the field. I reckon the left is a male, though.

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