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American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis


Adult males in spring and early summer are bright yellow with black forehead, black wings with white markings, and white patches both above and beneath the tail. Adult females are duller yellow beneath, olive above. Winter birds are drab, unstreaked brown, with blackish wings and two pale wingbars.


Desert brush land near feeders

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EmilyMarino 5 years ago

Very true though. I will add "American" in front of the name on both of my recent spottings. Cheers!

AshleyT 5 years ago

Jellis, if you look at the scientific name you will see this bird is already identified, so I have removed your suggestion.

Jellis 5 years ago

Best to add American since there is also a Lesser Goldfinch species

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Colorado, USA

Spotted on May 11, 2015
Submitted on May 13, 2015

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