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. Goldfinches are 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 for sale 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, Australian Blend Goldenfeast, 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.
If there is no gender option listed for a bird on our website, that particular species is ‘monomorphic’, which means we’re unable to determine gender without purchasing DNA testing. DNA testing is an additional $149 per bird to guarantee preferred gender. DNA testing may add an additional 3-6 plus weeks to estimated delivery time to allow for gender results. See our FAQs for more info.