Miranda Davies
July 13, 2012

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

Identifying characteristics:
  • A small finch with a short, conical bill.
  • They are olive brown above,blending to olive yellow below.
  • Males have bright yellow throats and jet black wing feathers. Females do not have a bright coloring.
  • They have a pointed, notched tail and wing bars.


  • The wintering range extends across the entire continental United States.
  • Natural habitats are weedy fields and floodplains, where plants such as thistles and asters are common.
  • They are also found in cultivated areas, roadsides, orchards, and backyards.
  • They can be found at feeders any time of year, but most abundantly during winter.
  • Breeding can occur in their first year.
  • Consume many different types of seeds, as well as occasional insects, which allows them to survive in a variety of conditions.
  • The clearing of forests for agriculture has vastly expanded the preferred habitat of American goldfinches.

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