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.
Video: American Goldfinch