Spinus tristis tristis

Common Names: American goldfinch, eastern goldfinch, lightning bird
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Finches

The only finch in its subfamily which undergoes a complete molt, the American Goldfinch displays sexual dimorphism in its coloration; the male is a vibrant yellow in the summer and an olive color during the winter months, while the female is a dull yellow-brown shade which brightens only slightly during the summer. The male displays brightly colored plumage during the breeding season to attract a mate.

It is a social bird, and will gather in large flocks while feeding and migrating. It may behave territorially during nest construction, but this aggression is short-lived. Its breeding season is tied to the peak of food supply, beginning in late July, which is relatively late in the year for a finch. This species is generally monogamous, and produces one brood each year. They are common around bird feeders and in residential areas.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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