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Goldfinch

Observed: 5th May 2012 By: apm299
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Goldfinch
Description:

Flying around the outbuildings at Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) interacts

Comments

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britannica

No! It would be impossible to tell the subspecies from a photo, and it could potentially be britannica, carduelis or parva, as far as I understand it.
Goldfinches do move around a lot, including migrating abroad, so you just cannot be certain of the subspecies. Subspecies are generally not worth bothering about, unless it is a species where there is a visible difference, like with Pied and White Wagtails.

Ian
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britannica

Thanks Ophrys.