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Eurasian Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis (Linnaeus, 1758)

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2017-11-28
kashka-suu vilage, chui valley
© Tatiana Menshikova

Biology

Common breeding migrant; common winter visitor on most of non-breeding areas. Inhabits the deciduous, mixed and coniferous forests with bushes and glades, riparian forests, gardens, parks and tree planting in urban areas. On migration and in wintering visits the kitchen-gardens, cereal fields (sunflower especially), riparian forests, treeless open country, shelterbelts and thickets of tall weeds. In breeding sites appears in March - early April; latest birds leave the wintering sites in mid-April, in Aksu-Dzhabagly Reserve the last birds were recorded in early May. Nest is built in tree from the dry thin grass and rootlets mixed with plant fuzz, and is lined with fuzz and hair. Only female constructs the nest. Clutch of 3-6 (usually 4-5) eggs is laid from mid-May; juveniles fledge in mid-June – first ten days of July. Probably rears two broods per season. Dispersal begins in August, in Almaty appears from mid-September, in lower reach of Ural river, in Emba valley and at Chokpak Pass first birds registered in October.

References

Э.И.Гаврилов. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan". Almaty, 2005. В.К.Рябицев. "Птицы Урала, Приуралья и Западной Сибири". Екатеринбург. Издательство Уральского университета, 2000. "Птицы Казахстана" том 5. "Наука". Алма-Ата, 1974.

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