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American goldfinch (winter plumage)

Spinus tristis


This is an American goldfinch in winter plumage or nonbreeding. Both sexes look much like breeding female, but brownish, yellow on throat and bill dark.


This nonbreeding American goldfinch was spotted at our campsite in the Buccaneer State Park in Waveland, Mississippi.

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AshleyT 10 years ago

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AshleyT 10 years ago

No worries :) I only get to see American Goldfinches in the winter so this look is the only one I know! 10 years ago

Thank you Ashley for correcting my spotting. I was thrown off by the black bill on this bird and I did look at several websites and my guidebook and still got it wrong. I had never seen a nonbreeding American goldfinch before. I'm used to seeing the very colorful yellow ones. Thanks again Ashley.

AshleyT 10 years ago

Not only is Lesser Goldfinch way out of range, but they have much thinner wing bars and have a white patch behind the second wing bar.
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Waveland, Mississippi, USA

Spotted on Jan 16, 2014
Submitted on Jan 16, 2014

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