European Greenfinch

Carduelis chloris

(C. c. bilkevitchi)

Armenian Name: Կանաչ սերինոս
European Greenfinch

See Plate 55 for European Greenfinch and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:15 cm, Wing Span:24.5-27.5 cm
Distribution Map: Map 317.
Description: Bright yellow edges to bases of primaries and tail, and thick pinkish bill.
Adult: Male: yellow-green overall with bright yellow wing and tail patches, and contrasting pale blue-gray midwing. Female: duller and browner.
Juvenile: Dull greenish-brown overall with darker streaks; male greener than female.
Similar Species: Differs from all other finches by yellow wing and tail patches, and lack of wingbars.
Behavior: Often flies almost vertically to tree canopy when disturbed.
Habitat: Forest, orchards, parks.
Food: Seeds and other plant matter.
Nest: Cup of twigs and other plant parts in tree.
Eggs: 21 mm, 4-6, gray-white, dark spots.