Story: Introduced land birds

Goldfinch feeding chicks

The goldfinch is spectacularly coloured, with patches of red, black, gold, brown and white. The female builds the nest and incubates the eggs. After hatching, the female stays in the nest with the chicks for the first week. The male feeds the female who, in turn, feeds the nestlings. During the next two weeks both parents feed the chicks by regurgitation, as can be seen here.

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Christina Troup, 'Introduced land birds - Finches', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Nov 2008, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015