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Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
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Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)Lesser Goldfinch male

General Description: Lesser Goldfinches (Carduelis psaltria) are small, sexually dimorphic finches. In adult males, all of the underparts are yellow, the wings are black with white wingbars, the entire top of the head is black, and the back is yellow-green. There is white in the tail feathers. Females are duller overall and lack the black cap. During winter, males resemble females and are a bit browner.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Fringillidae, Carduelinae.

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

Where to Find: There is no consistent place to see them, you just have to be lucky. Lesser Goldfinch are year-round residents around Las Vegas.

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria) female
Lesser Goldfinch female

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

Taxonomy: Formerly Carduelis psaltria.

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria) If you were a tasty bug or a little thistle seed, this might be the last face you ever see!
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
Male Lesser Goldfinch; notice green-streaked back
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Male Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria) Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria) Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Male Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Male Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Male Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Male Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Lesser Goldfinches on a sock-type thistle feeder
Aircraft, civilian fixed wing
Lesser Goldfinches on a sock-type thistle feeder
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Lesser Goldfinches on a sock-type thistle feeder
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Male Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria) Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
male and female at a desert spring
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Female Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Lesser Goldfinch juvenile
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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