Image of: Carduelis tristis (American goldfinch)
Image of: Carduelis tristis (American goldfinch)

American Goldfinch

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Carduelis
Species: Carduelis tristis

Idenifcation:
  • small finches with small conical bills
  • olive brown above and yellowish below, males brighter than females
Adaptations:
  • Adapted to hold water in bill and then tip head back top swallow
  • Adapted to hold onto seed heads to eat instead of standing on the ground
  • Variable diet
  • Migrate south during colder months
Dewey, T. and J. Roof. 2007. "Carduelis tristis" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed July 13, 2011 http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Carduelis_tristis.html.