Chloris chloris

RSPB Conservation Status – RED

Last seen – 7-2-23

The Greenfinch is a medium-sized finch.

The bird’s plumage is mostly olive green, with a yellowish-green rump and yellow patches on its wings and tail.

The male and female look alike, but the male has more vibrant coloration and a slightly larger head.




Population – 785,000 pairs

Length – 15 cm

Wingspan – 26 cm

Weight – 28 g


Greenfinches typically breed between April and July, building their nests in trees or shrubs.

The female lays a clutch of 4-6 eggs, which she incubates for around 13-14 days.

The chicks are fed by both parents and fledge from the nest after around 13-18 days.


Greenfinches are found in a variety of habitats, including woodlands, hedgerows, parks, and gardens.

They prefer habitats with plenty of trees and shrubs, where they can find shelter and nesting sites.

In urban areas, they are often found in parks and gardens with bird feeders and water sources.



Greenfinches are seed-eating birds, feeding on a variety of seeds and nuts.

They are particularly fond of seeds from thistles, teasels, and sunflowers, as well as nuts such as hazelnuts and beech nuts.

They also feed on insects during the breeding season to provide protein for their chicks.

If you have seen a Greenfinch, please let us know via our survey page.