The American Goldfinch is a small bird, its overall body length being 4-5 inches. The male bird is bright yellow, with black forehead, wings and tail. The female is olive green above, lighter below with a white rump. Both sexes are yellowish brown in the winter. The preferred habitat is weedy fields with scattered trees, river groves, suburbs, parks and at feeders.
Goldfinches breed late in the summer, when thistle-down is available for their tightly woven nests. Feeding flocks can be located by their song, chirps interspersed with various tones, which they also utter in flight.
Photo courtesy Donna Bell, Flomaton, Alabama
Copyright (c) 2005 Donna Bell
Photo courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida
Copyright (c) 2006 Pete Williams