Old World Finches


Generally small, stout birds with conical bills. They have nine primary and 12 tail feathers.  None of the Australian members of this family are endemic, either appearing here as a result of introductions to the country or as vagrants from introduced populations of New Zealand. The European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis is widespread in southern Australia, while the European Greenfinch C. chloris is confined to the south-east. The Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea is self-introduced to Lord Howe Island and Macquarie Island. The Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs has been recorded on NI, LHI and Macquarie Island, from New Zealand.