Breeding male © Darren Clark eBird S58837794 Macaulay Library ML 172924761
Nonbreeding male © Matt Davis
Breeding female © Jay McGowan
Immature © Jonathan Irons
Molting male © Scott Martin
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Female/immature © Tim Lenz
Breeding male © Ian Routley
In flight © Doug Gochfeld
Breeding female © Don Blecha
Molting male © Tony Dvorak
Breeding male © Mason Maron
Male and female © Daniel Irons
Adult and juvenile © Sunil Thirkannad
Flock © Robert Dixon

American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

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Small finch. Sharply pointed bill is pink in summer, grayish-brown in winter. Small head, long wings, and short, notched tail. Adult males in spring and summer are bright yellow with black forehead and wings. Females are dull yellow below and olive above with two distinct wingbars. In winter, they are drab, buffy-brown. Active and acrobatic. Sometimes in large numbers at feeders or on ground below. Found in weedy fields, cultivated areas, roadsides, orchards, and backyards.