In winter plumage, the female American goldfinch is grayer with brownish wings.
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.
Video of an American goldfinch in the wild.
In the 1930s, Roger Tory Peterson described the male purple finch as “a Sparrow dipped in raspberry juice.” Learn how to distinguish this native eastern bird from the more common house finch.
A time traveler from the 1970s or before would be amazed to see so many house finches in Missouri, for they are native to the West. Learn about this now-common backyard bird.
Video of a blue-gray gnatcatcher in the wild.
Video of varied thrush in the wild.
Video of a tufted titmouse in the wild.
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