The European goldfinch or simply the goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), is a small passerine bird in the finch family that is native to Europe, North Africa and western and central Asia. It has been introduced to other areas, including Australia, New Zealand and Uruguay.
What to look for this month
A summer migrant that can be seen from May – it is plain sooty brown with a pale throat and a short forked tail. Look out for them flying low and fast around buildings looking for holes to nest in.