American Goldfinch
Carduelis tristis

Photo by Peter LaTourrette.  North American Birds Photo Gallery
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Field Marks
  • Short, forked tail
  • Black forehead
  • Yellow head, back, breast and belly
  • Black wings and tail
  • White wing bars and
  • White rump and undertail coverts


The American goldfinch prefers weedy fields and flood plains in the breeding range. These habitats include cultivated lands, roadsides, orchards, and gardens. 


A permanent resident that is common throughout the year.  Pay close attention to flower gardens and thickets that border grassy areas.