More plaudits for Tiritiri Matangi

Date posted: 15-Jul-2019

Recognition of the wonderful experience visitors have when visiting the Island h..

Results of the 2019 Photo Competition

Date posted: 15-Jul-2019

The results of this year's competition have now been decided. Click here (/2019-photo-co..

Lighthouse Open Day

Date posted: 30-Apr-2019

Our historic lighthouse, signal station and diaphonic foghorn will all be on dis..

We need a new Treasurer

Date posted: 08-Apr-2019

The Supporters need a new treasurer to take over in September when Kevin Vaughan..

2019 Concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2019

OrigiNZ, the tartan taonga are returning for the 2019 concert. Click..

Tiri's three unique foghorns

Date posted: 01-Feb-2019

Our next social event will take place on Monday 18th March when Carl Hayson and ..

Young Conservation Superstars win awards!

Date posted: 27-Jan-2019

Gabriel Barbosa and teacher Kate Asher, a team leader who co..

Entries for the 2019 photo competition

Date posted: 19-Jan-2019

We are now taking entries for the 2019 photographic competition. You can enter u..

Hihi volunteer needed

Date posted: 18-Oct-2018

Would you like to volunteer with the Island's hihi team and learn from them how ..

2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Goldfinch

Scientific name:

 Carduelis cardeulis

 

 

Conservation status

 Introduced and naturalised

Mainland status:

 Common and widespread

Size:

 13cm, 16g (male) 15g (female)

Lifespan:

 7-8 years possibly

Breeding:

 October - March

Diet:

 Seeds and insects

Gold finch -  Photography by:  Dr Kerry RodgersIntroduced from Europe between 1862 and 1883 and now common throughout New Zealand in farmland, orchards and gardens.

A small colourful finch with striking gold bars on black wings. The adults have a brilliant red face, white ear coverts and neck, and a black crown and half-collar. The upperparts and breast are light brown and the underparts and rump are white. The black tail is spotted white near the tip. The call note is a shrill ‘pee-yu’ and the male also sings a pleasant, twittering ‘tsitt-witt-witt’.

Goldfinches eat mainly weed seeds such as thistle, redroot, storksbill and meadowgrass and a variety of invertebrates such as aphids, bugs, flies, caterpillars and spiders.

They gather in large flocks in autumn and winter and then form pairs to breed from October to March. The neat cup nest of grasses, mosses, fine twigs, wool and cobwebs is lined with thistledown. The clutch of 2–6 pale bluish grey eggs with reddish brown spots and streaks is incubated by the female for 11–13 days. The chicks fledge at between 12 and 17 days and continue to be fed by regurgitation by both parents for 2–3 weeks after fledging. Juveniles are easily recognised by the absence of markings on the head and face.

Goldfinches are often seen on Tiritiri Matangi, in flocks on Corornary Hill and other grassy areas, especially in autumn and winter, and in pairs and singles along the edges of the main tracks during spring and summer.

Find out more about goldfinches at New Zealand Birds Online.

Goldfinch - photographer: Max McRae












Photography by: Dr Kerry Rodgers © (right) and by Max McRae © (left)

References: Heather, B.D.; Robertson, H.A. 2000 The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. Auckland, Viking. Moon, G The Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Birds.