Primary School Science Conservation 2020 Award

Date posted: 18-Dec-2020

Dylan Lewis Y7 from Mahurangi College, Warkworth, being presented with the ..

Supporters of Tiritiri Inc and Fullers 360 Science Conservation 2020 Award

Date posted: 18-Dec-2020

The NIWA Auckland City Science and Technology Fair winner of the Supporters of Tiritiri ..

2020 Conservation Week

Date posted: 12-Aug-2020

Meet the Takahē on Tiritiri Matangi Island When: 1:30 pm, ..

AGM 2020

Date posted: 25-Jul-2020

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TO WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2020 due to Covid restrictions at t..

Ferry Resuming July 4th!

Date posted: 01-Jun-2020

Great News!!! We have confirmation Fuller360 ferry service to Tiritiri Matangi wi..

The 2020 Photo Competition Winners

Date posted: 22-May-2020

Here are the winning and commended photos from this year's competition. Congratulations to the photo..

Celebrate the Takahe Art Competition

Date posted: 08-Apr-2020

Hi Tiri Kids, It’s TakahÄ“ Awareness Month! Everyone loves our takah..

COVID-19 Important Information

Date posted: 25-Mar-2020

The government has announced that New Zealand is now at alert level 2 for COVID-19. Th..

2019 Winner Primary School Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Ethan Raymond

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Ethan has helped the Enviro-Warriors in many ways such as planning, gard..

2019 Winner Y8-Y13 NIWA Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Abby Haezelwood

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Abby Haezelwood with her winning Science Exhibit on Plastic Beaches at the NIWA Taihoro Nuk..


Scientific name:

 Carduelis cardeulis



Conservation status

 Introduced and naturalised

Mainland status:

 Common and widespread


 13cm, 16g (male) 15g (female)


 7-8 years possibly


 October - March


 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.