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Photograph of a male American Goldfinch in breeding plumage

American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis
Goldfinches are often seen in flocks during fall, winter, and spring and at bird feeders. In spring, the male’s dull winter plumage changes to bright yellow with a black cap and wings.

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Photograph of a female American goldfinch in breeding plumage

American Goldfinch (Female in Breeding Plumage)

In breeding plumage, the upperparts of the female are greenish yellow, with dark wings and tail; the underparts are pale yellowish.

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Photograph of a female American goldfinch in winter plumage

American Goldfinch (Female in Winter Plumage)

In winter plumage, the female American goldfinch is grayer with brownish wings.

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Photograph of a male American Goldfinch in breeding plumage

American Goldfinch (Male in Breeding Plumage)

In breeding plumage, the upperparts of a male American goldfinch are bright yellow, with black wings, tail, and forehead, and 2 white wing bars and tail spots. The underparts are bright yellow.

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Photograph of a male American Goldfinch in winter plumage

American Goldfinch (Male in Winter Plumage)

In winter, the male American goldfinch resembles the female, with brownish underparts, blackish wings, and yellowish face. Note also the yellow shoulders, and the start of the black cap above the bill.

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photo of an American goldfinch perched on a tree branch covered by ice

Male American Goldfinch in Winter Plumage

In winter, adult goldfinches are brownish, olive, or grayish. In spring, the male changes to bright yellow with a black cap and wings.

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