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American Goldfinch -
(Carduelis tristis)



  • Small songbird
  • Male breeding plumage: bright yellow with  black forehead, wings and tail
  • Summer female duller olive, blackish wings, wingbar
  • Winter plumage both sexes like female but greyer
  • No streaking underneath or on back
  • Undulating flight
  • 5-5.5" (11-14cm.)


  • Brushy and residential areas

Additional Information

  • Common resident
  • Nesting begins later than other birds
  • Uses thistle-down for nest lining
  • Abundant in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve
  • Seed eater

Comparable Species

Close up of an American Goldfinch on a branch

American Goldfinch diplaying duller winter plumage 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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