21 Yellow-Breasted Finch Facts You’ll Never Forget

Yellow-breasted finch facts, are small and long-tailed songbirds

Have you known about a bird that utters musical tones? These passerine birds are small long-tailed birds and are also known as songbirds or perching birds. These songbirds have distinguished themselves by the shape of their toes on their legs, conical bills, wings, and naped forehead.

These songbirds are breeds that have species like warbler, owl finch, Gouldian finch, and yellow finch. Their yellow breast classifies them as yellow-breasted greenfinches and yellow-breasted brush finches.

The yellow greenfinch has green plumage. It earlier was under the binomial name of Carduelis spinides; Carduelis is a Latin word for the European goldfinch. Later, they have been moved to the genus Chloris and are from the Fringillidae family.

The yellow-breasted brush finch has orange-red colors naped on its forehead, is also known as the cloud-forest brush finch. They are from the Passerellidae family.

Keep reading below to know more. For more relatable content, check out these hummingbird interesting facts and bee-eater facts for kids pages.

Yellow-breasted finch

Fact File

What do they prey on?

Wild Hemp, Seeds, Millets, Berries, Rice, Tiny Insects

What do they eat?


Average litter size?

2-4 Eggs

How much do they weigh?

Weight of yellow-breasted greenfinch : 0.033 - 0.046 lb (15 - 21 g) Weight of yellow-breasted brush finch: 0.035 -0.068 lb (16-31 g)

How long are they?

Length of yellow-breasted greenfinch: 4.75 - 5.5 in (12 - 14 cm)

Wingspan: 7.5–8.7 in (19–22 cm )

Length of yellow-breasted brush finch: 6.69 in (17 cm)

How tall are they?


What do they look like?

Bright yellow, brown-red, and black

Skin Type


What are their main threats?


What is their conservation status?

Least Concern

Where you'll find them

Yellow-breasted greenfinch: Temperate Forests, Lush Vegetation, Shrubs, Open Forests Yellow-breasted brush finch: Pastures, Woodlands, Shrub Forests


Yellow-breasted greenfinch habitats: India, Bhutan, Pakistan, North America Yellow-breasted brush finch habitats: Colombia, Venezuela, Andean Mountains, Peru





Scientific Name

Yellow-breasted greenfinch: Chloris spinoides Yellow-breasted brush finch: Atlapetes latinuchus


Yellow-breasted greenfinch: Fringillidae Yellow-breasted brush finch: Passerellidae


Yellow-breasted greenfinch: Chloris Yellow-breasted brush finch: Atlapetes

Yellow-Breasted Finch Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a yellow-breasted finch?

The yellow-breasted finch is a small passerine bird. It is called a perching bird and is distinguished from other species by the arrangements of its toes on its legs.

What class of animal does a yellow-breasted finch belong to?

The yellow-breasted finch belongs to the class of Aves.

How many yellow-breasted finches are there in the world?

As per studies, the exact population of yellow-breasted finches is unknown. Whereas the population of the yellow-breasted brush finch and greenfinch is enough to be classified as of Least Concern according to the IUCN.

Where does a yellow-breasted finch live?

The yellow-breasted greenfinch species is primarily found in the mid-latitudes of the Indian Himalayas in parts of Southern Asia habitat, Myanmar, Thailand, Tibet, Nepal, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and Bhutan.

The yellow-breasted brush finch spreads across western Venezuela, Andean, northern Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador.

What is a yellow-breasted finch's habitat?

The yellow-breasted finch's natural habitat is montane and submontane of open forests, shrublands, roadside thickets, woodlands, streams, and highlands.

Who do yellow-breasted finches live with?

Though yellow-breasted finches are solitary birds, they occasionally flock together.

How long does a yellow-breasted finch live?

The average lifespan of a yellow-breasted finch is unknown. But it is assumed that the lifespan would be similar to the species of goldfinch, which lives 11 years.

How do they reproduce?

The breeding is monogamous and happens during May-August. The female species build their nest. Their nest is open, cup-shaped, and placed above the ground. This nest is made with fiber plants, stems, moss, and grass. The yellow-breasted greenfinch females lay around three to four eggs per clutch, and the yellow-breasted brush finch females lay a clutch of two eggs. The incubation period is 13-14 days in greenfinch and 16 days in brush finch, and only one parent incubates the clutch. The fledglings in the nest depend on their male and female parents. Both male and female parents care and feed their chicks.

What is their conservation status?

The yellow-breasted brush finch and greenfinch are globally not threatened. Therefore, they are put under the Least Concern category in the ICUN red list.

Yellow-Breasted Finch Fun Facts

What do yellow-breasted finches look like?

The yellow-breasted finch has a stout conical bill adopted for eating food

The male yellow-breasted finch has a black or blackish-olive head, bright yellow wings, pale yellow underparts, a blackish tail, and a brown or black conical bill. The female is slightly less bright in color than the male. Immature species lack their red color on the crown. Juveniles have a pale buffish yellow-naped or dull olive head and streaked browner underparts and buff-brown ear and cheek.

How cute are they?

Looking at their small size, blackish-olive head, bright yellow wings, and notched tail, everybody falls in love with these cute birds.

How do they communicate?

Yellow-breasted finches are songbirds. Communication between the breeding pair or its flocks is via their different melodious sounds.

How big is a yellow-breasted finch?

The yellow-breasted finch is a small-sized bird. The size of few species of this bird is different. For example, the length of the yellow-breasted greenfinch is 4.75-5.5 in (12-14 cm), and the length of the wingspan can expand to 7.5–8.7 in (19–22 cm ), while the length of the yellow-breasted brush finch is 6.69 in (17 cm).

How fast can a yellow-breasted finch fly?

There is no information available on the speed of the yellow-breasted finch flight. However, the flight speed varies between higher altitudes to lower valleys and adjacent plains.

How much does a yellow-breasted finch weigh?

Different species of yellow-breasted finch have different weights. For example, the weight of the yellow-breasted greenfinch is 0.033 - 0.046 lb (15 - 21 g), and the weight of the yellow-breasted brush finch is 0.035 -0.068 lb (16-31 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

They do not have any specific names for males and females.

What would you call a baby yellow-breasted finch?

The yellow-breasted finch baby is known as a chick.

What do they eat?

The yellow-breasted greenfinch is known to eat herbs, seeds, millet, sunflower seeds, seeds of hemp, and buckwheat, and it also eats insects. It is often seen perching at the top of pine needles and alders, bushes. No data is available on the yellow-breasted brush finch diet, but it is believed they eat seeds and insects.

Are they poisonous?

Neither the yellow-breasted greenfinch nor the yellow-breasted brush finch are poisonous to other animals and humans.

Would they make a good pet?

All finches are friendly and enthusiastic pet birds. But sometimes, they can be aggressive when threatened or in the absence of food. These birds love to live under open skies and build their nests just above the ground in the forests. It is best to leave them in their natural habitat and not confine them to cages.

Did you know...

One species of the finch bird is the goldfinch; it can be found in several religious artworks. This bird was also called as Saviour bird because the bird eats thistles, and it was grouped with Christ's crown of thorns. It is 4.3 -5.1 in (10.9-13 cm) in length and 0.49 oz (14 gm) in weight.

What does it mean when a finch visits you?

The common finch bird species are spirit animals. For example, the yellow-breasted finch bird represents the joy and success of our life. When one of the goldfinch species comes to visit you, it is believed to bring some good fortuity and a promising future into your life.

Are they predators?

As per few studies, both yellow-breasted greenfinch and yellow-breasted brush finch are predators. Therefore, they will attack some insects like grasshoppers, stink bugs, and beetles like the Coleoptera.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our western meadowlark facts and carrion crow facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable yellow-breasted finch coloring pages.



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