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American Goldfinch

Name (Latin): Carduelis tristis

 

                             Size: L 5" WS 9" WT 13 g

 

Description: Females are small in size and have yellow-brown plumage. Males are brillant yellow with black tipped wings and black crown. 

 

Song/Sounds: "toWEE toWEE tWEEto tweer tweer tweer ti ti ti ti." Listen here.

 

                                    Habitat: orchards, hedgerows, & fields

 

                       Seasons in Keene: Year-round

 

    Nest and Eggs: Clutch size 2-7 eggs, incubation is 12-14 days, and nestling perio is 11-17 days

 

Similar Species: Evening Grosbeak (year round), Pine Siskin (winter), Lesser Goldfinch (not in Keene area)

 

    Distribution: Entire U.S., parts of Mexico, and the lower south of Canada

 

                     Population Trends: Stable, a species of Least Concern (LC)

 

Fun Facts: Cowbird nestlings rarely survive long when laid in the nest of an Am. Goldfinch. The chick can't survive on the all seed diet goldfinches feed their young.

 

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