Guardian Nature School Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! visit nature school

American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis

Description:

The American Goldfinch is a small finch, 11–14 centimeters (4.3–5.5 in) long, with a wingspan of 19–22 centimeters (7.5–8.7 in). It weighs between 11–20 grams (0.39–0.71 oz).[11] Among standard measurements, the wing chord is 6.5 to 7.8 cm (2.6 to 3.1 in), the tail is 4.2 to 5.1 cm (1.7 to 2.0 in), the culmen is 0.9 to 1.1 cm (0.35 to 0.43 in) and the tarsus is 1.2 to 1.4 cm (0.47 to 0.55 in).[12] The beak is small, conical, and pink for most of the year, but turns bright orange with the spring molt in both sexes.[13] The shape and size of the beak aid in the extraction of seeds from the seed heads of thistles, sunflowers, and other plants

Habitat:

The American Goldfinch prefers open country where weeds thrive, such as fields, meadows, flood plains, as well as roadsides, orchards, and gardens. It may also be found in open deciduous and riparian woodlands and areas of secondary growth.[20] This habitat preference continues during the spring and autumn migrations

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

No Comments

JuneMita
Spotted by
JuneMita

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Sep 2, 2012
Submitted on Sep 3, 2012

Spotted for Mission

Related Spottings

Eurasian Siskin Eurasian Siskin American Goldfinch American Goldfinch

Nearby Spottings

Black-capped Chickadee Eastern Phoebe Hudsonian Whiteface Red-spotted Purple

Reference

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors