The goldfinch's Latin name (Carduelis carduelis) originates from one of its favourite plants for feeding - the thistle (Genus Carduus). A flock of goldfinches is aptly known as 'a charm'.
Scientific name: Carduelis carduelis
Other names: European goldfinch
New Zealand Status: Introduced
Conservation Status: Naturalised
Where they feed: Ground, shrubs and trees.
What they eat: Seeds, invertebrates