red forehead, chin; yellow-and-black on wing (Finland; 2008-09-12)

European Goldfinch
Carduelis carduelis

Native Range: Eurasia

Notes: a common and brightly colored finch that eats thistle seeds and uses thistle-down to line its nest.

black crown and nape; brown back and breast (Portugal; 2006-06-10)

light-colored bill contrasts with red-and-white head (Portugal; 2006-06-10)

creamy-grey belly; rather short tail (Portugal; 2006-06-10)