Lesser Goldfinch

Spinus psaltria

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fringilline & Cardueline Finches (Fringillidae)

Code 4

LEGO

Code 6

CARPSA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Lesser Goldfinch is a terrestrial bird species that is native to North America as well s countries in Central America and South America. This bird is considered to be regionally extinct in Cuba. The range of this bird is almost 4 million square kilometers. The population of the Lesser Goldfinch is about 3 million square kilometers. This bird species is currently rated as Least Concern. The prior rating for the Lesser Goldfinch was Lower Risk. At this time there are not any immediate concerns regarding the population or the range of the Lesser Goldfinch.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Lesser Goldfinch: Small finch with dark back (black in the east, dark green in the west), black crown, bright yellow underparts. Wings, tail black with white markings. Forages in shrubs, brush, weedy fields for seeds and insects. Swift flight, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides.

 

Range and Habitat

Lesser Goldfinch: Resident from Washington, Oregon, and northern Nevada east to northern Colorado and Texas, and south beyond the U.S.-Mexico border. Eastern race is found from northern Colorado southward through Texas and westward to Utah and Arizona. Western race occurs from Utah westward to Columbia River. Preferred habitats include oak savannas and woodlands.

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Lesser Goldfinch SONGS AND CALLS

Lesser Goldfinch C1

Descending squeaky whistles and "chee-chee-chee" calls.

Lesser Goldfinch C2

Call is a repeated "cheer".

Similar Sounding

American Goldfinch A2

Song is a series of melodious notes and trills.

Lawrence's Goldfinch C2

Typical chattering song.


Voice Text

"tee-yee", "cheeo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Lesser Goldfinch was first described in 1823 by Thomas Say, an American naturalist.
  • Males are markedly polymorphic and 5 subspecies are often named; at least 2 of them seem to represent a less-progressed stage in evolution.
  • Their molt shows a broad zone of intergradation, with the molting period, timing, and pattern varying depending on geographical location.
  • A group of goldfinches has many collective nouns, including a " 007", "charm", "rush", "treasury", and "vein" of goldfinches.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X