11 Facts About American goldfinch


American goldfinch is a small North American bird in the finch family.

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American goldfinch is a granivore and adapted for the consumption of seedheads, with a conical beak to remove the seeds and agile feet to grip the stems of seedheads while feeding.

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American goldfinch was one of the many species originally described by Carl Linnaeus in the landmark 1758 10th edition of his work, Systema Naturae, where he classified it in the genus Fringilla.

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American goldfinch prefers open country where weeds thrive, such as fields, meadows, flood plains, as well as roadsides, orchards, and gardens.

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The American goldfinch is a short-distance migrant, moving south in response to colder weather and lessened food supply.

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American goldfinch is gregarious during the non-breeding season when it is often found in large flocks, usually with other finches.

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American goldfinch is occasionally victim to brood parasites, particularly brown-headed cowbirds.

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The American goldfinch makes a very poor host for brood parasites, with studies showing low hatching rates of brown-headed cowbird eggs and no fledging success.

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American goldfinch is found in residential areas throughout its range.

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American goldfinch is not threatened by human activity and is widespread throughout its range.

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American goldfinch is the state bird of Iowa and New Jersey, where it is called the eastern goldfinch, and Washington, where it is called the willow goldfinch.

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