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Lesser Goldfinch

Spinus psaltria

Description:

This, I believe is a female (it could be an immature male), a small bird with an olive colored back with black wings that are marked with white stripes. They have dull underparts and a small beak.

Habitat:

I spotted this little one feeding off of wild sunflowers that are growing in my yard. Habitat: fields, shrubs, treetops, mountain canyons, desert oases, woodlands, and forests. Range: Western/Southern U.S. to South America.

Notes:

Wild sunflowers pop up every year in my front yard. These finches feed on them once the seeds begin to form on the plant. The plants look a little unsightly by this time, but I leave them until all seeds are gone. FUN FACTS: 1. The oldest documented Goldfinch was recorded to be 7 years of age. 2. This bird was first described in the year 1823 by Thomas Say. 3. Groups of Goldfinches can go by the names, 007, charm, rush, treasury, and vein. Ref: https://identify.whatbird.com/obj/194/ov...

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Texas, USA

Spotted on Jun 16, 2020
Submitted on Jul 11, 2020

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