Man makes birdbath in his palm for a finch

The translated Spanish from this video goes like this: “My goldfinch Tweety taking a refreshing dip in my hands, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.”

I enjoyed it, but it doesn’t look like a goldfinch to me. Readers?


  1. Elizabeth
    Posted June 3, 2020 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Looks spot on for the Goldfinches I see in my garden in the UK.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted June 3, 2020 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

      Maybe that’s what they look like in Europe. At first I thought maybe a female, certainly nothing like the males here, but I am not a bird expert.

  2. jorgensen28ryan
    Posted June 3, 2020 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    It is a European Goldfinch, which is significantly less gold than the American Goldfinch.

  3. Posted June 3, 2020 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    That was delightful to watch. Reminds me how special we can be connected to the rest of the animals on our planet.

  4. Ruthann Richards
    Posted June 3, 2020 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    This is one of the problems with English nomenclature, especially going between continents. The bird is called a Stieglitz in German–Carduelis carduelis. In British English it is called a goldfinch (though the only gold on it is that on the wings). The American goldfinch is Carduelis tristis. For Europeans who have never seen one, the males in breeding season are bright yellow all over except for a black cap, black wings and tail.

  5. Constantino
    Posted June 3, 2020 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    It is a European goldfich. Quite spectacular out in the sun, but less yellow than the two american goldfinches

  6. Posted June 3, 2020 at 4:35 pm | Permalink


    • Paul
      Posted June 4, 2020 at 11:58 am | Permalink

      Groan 🙂

  7. mallardbrad
    Posted June 3, 2020 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    So much for the macho image; tender love for the bird and trust by the bird for the human. Amazing! And heart warming!

  8. ladyatheist
    Posted June 3, 2020 at 6:01 pm | Permalink


  9. fred mundy
    Posted June 3, 2020 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Jerry, the bird taking a bath in the man’s hands is a European Goldfinch.

  10. Mark R.
    Posted June 3, 2020 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    That was great, thanks. Any act of kindness is meaningful, especially right now. Trust.

  11. ratabago
    Posted June 3, 2020 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    That’s pretty cute.

  12. Donald Hadden
    Posted June 4, 2020 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    This is a goldfinch, but not as you know it perhaps. It is a European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis. You are thinking of an American goldfinch, Spinus tristis. Probably another one of those examples of Europeans arriving in the Americas and naming birds with European names, even when the resemblance was ever so slight. Compare robins. They aren even vaguely from the same family. all the best, Don Hadden ________________________________

  13. Posted June 7, 2020 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    To be fair, the American version is a lot more gold than the European one. Very pretty bird but glints like a flying ray of sunshine when it goes by.

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