Bird Details
American Goldfinch
Color: Black, Brown, Yellow
Size: 5"
Season: Year-round
Description: During the breeding season, the male is lemon yellow with black wings, tail, and forehead. At the same time, the female is dull yellow with a brownish back and black wings during breeding season. During winter, both males and females become drabber.
Voice: Voice consists of rapid warbling notes. Flight call is tee-dee-dee-dee or potato-chip.
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Habitat: Open areas with scattered trees and shrubs, as well as suburban and rural areas.
Interesting Fact: American Goldfinches often are seen in flocks in winter. They are so attracted to each other that a single perched bird can make a flock stop and perch nearby.
Scientific name: Spinus tristis
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae

Male breeding plumage
Robert Herron

Male nonbreeding plumage
Robert Herron

Howard Eskin

Male molting into breeding plumage (note remaining gray-brown feathers)
Dan Scheiman
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