What's the difference between
a male & female goldfinch?

What's the difference between male and female goldfinches?

  • Goldfinches look incredibly similar to each other, whatever their gender.

  • Close examination can reveal subtle differences. The most noticeable of these is that the red mask on the face of the male reaches back slightly further than on the female on average.
  • On the male, the red can stretch back beyond the eye.

  • The difference is most marked during the breeding season - spring.

  • However, this  gender difference may only be slight and may not exist at all in many individuals.

  • In short, telling the difference between male and female goldfinches is probably best left to the goldfinches themselves.