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American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
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American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
American Goldfinch male

General Description: American Goldfinches (Carduelis tristis) are small, sexually dimorphic finches. Adult males are bright yellow overall with a black forehead, black wings with white wingbars, and a white rump. Females are dull yellow or brownish overall with wings similar to those of males. During winter, males resemble females.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Fringillidae, Carduelinae.

Favored Habitat: Brushy places with thistle, which is their favored food.

Where to Find: American Goldfinches are winter residents around Las Vegas.

Taxonomy: Formerly Carduelis tristis.

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
American Goldfinch female

Comments: Note that the breeding male's back is bright yellow, and the black on his head is restricted to the forehead. In Lesser Goldfinches, the male's back is yellow-green, and the entire cap is black.

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) If you were a tasty thistle seed, this might be the last face you ever see!
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
It is amazing how bright yellow birds can disappear.
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
It is amazing how bright yellow birds can disappear.
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) more to come ...

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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