Lesser goldfinch

The Lesser Goldfinch or Dark-backed Goldfinch is a very small songbird of the Americas. Together with its relatives the American Goldfinch and Lawrence's Goldfinch, it forms the American goldfinches clade in the genus Carduelis sensu stricto.

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The Lesser goldfinch is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Lesser GoldfinchCarduelis psaltria Order PASSERIFORMES – Family FRINGILLIDAE Issue No. 392 Authors: Watt, Doris J., and Ernest J. Willoughby * Articles * Multimedia * References Courtesy Preview This Introductory article that you are viewing is a courtesy preview of the full life history account of this species. The remaining articles (Distribution, Habitat, Behavior, etc. More

The Lesser Goldfinch or Dark-backed Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria) is a very small songbird of the Americas. Together with its relatives the American Goldfinch and Lawrence's Goldfinch, it forms the American goldfinches clade in the genus Carduelis sensu stricto. The American goldfinches can be distinguished by the males having a black (rarely green) forehead, whereas the latter is (like the rest of the face) red or yellow in the European Goldfinch and its relatives. More

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. More

The Lesser Goldfinch is a small, seed-eating finch of the Southwest. It comes in two forms: a dark-backed one in Texas, and a greenish-backed one farther westward. More

The Lesser Goldfinch often occurs in flocks or at least loose associations. It utilizes almost any habitat with trees or shrubs except for dense forest, and is common and conspicuous in many areas, often coming near houses. It is common at feeders in the Southwest United States and will come almost anywhere with thistle sock feeders. Flocks of at least six birds will often be seen at feeders. It feeds mostly on tree buds and weed seeds; geophagy has been observed in this species. More

Male Lesser Goldfinches in Texas Hill Country lesser goldfinch Lesser Goldfinch males (above) have very bright yellow undersides. Older males (left) have black backs. A splotchy green and black back (right) tells the observer that this is a first year male. Also, observe the shorter tail on this young finch. In the western US, adult males can have green backs with black caps. More

Female Lesser Goldfinch getting a drop to drink at the head of the stream in the UCLA Botanical Garden, March 2005. A pair of Lesser Goldfinches, female and male, hanging out and munching on some plants close to the ground. In the UCLA Botanical Garden, April 2005. Lesser Goldfinch Illustration. More

Lesser Goldfinches are typically found in dry, open woodlands. In Washington, they are closely associated with Garry oak, especially at the brushy edges of Garry oak stands. They are usually found in pastures, steppe, forest openings, and streamsides. back to top Behavior - Lesser Goldfinches are active foragers and form flocks outside of the breeding season. They often mimic short bits of other birds' songs, and like American Goldfinches, they often call in flight. More

Bent Life History for the Lesser Goldfinch - the common name and sub-species reflect the nomenclature in use at the time the description was written. LESSER GOLDFINCH SPINUS PSALTRIA PSALTRIA (Say) HABITS Contributed by ALFRED OTTO GROSS Stephen H. Long's expedition to the Rocky Mountains in 1819: 20 collected the first known lesser goldfinch on the banks of the Arkansas River between Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Cob., near long. 1050 W. More

* Lesser Goldfinch,Carduelis psaltria Lesser Goldfinch, Carduelis psaltria = Lesser Goldfinches need a source of waterThe Lesser goldfinch can be distinguished from the American Goldfinch by the lack of white at the base of its tail. When the two species are side by side, they are quite easy to tell apart. The American Goldfinch is much brighter than the Lesser Goldfinch. Eastern males have black backs where as the western males have greenish backs. More

Male (front) and female Lesser Goldfinches eat willowherb seeds in Thompson Reach restoration area. Natural History: The Lesser Goldfinch eats seeds and insects. It takes cover in trees and shrubs. This bird likes to be near water. General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in areas of coastal and dune scrub; oak, eucalyptus, and willow forests; lawns and around ornamentals. Frequency: This species is common in the spring and summer, uncommon in the fall and winter. More

Lesser Goldfinch Breeding Distribution Black: Breeding confirmed Dark gray: Breeding probable Light gray: Breeding possible The Lesser Goldfinch is one of the most widespread and familiar birds of San Diego County. Our other two goldfinches, though, have interesting twists to their biology and are well worth getting to know better. More

Lesser Goldfinches feed on dandelion seeds and raise their young on soft unripe seeds. They adjust the time and place of their breeding to the presence of this staple food. Their Old World cousins, the Siskins, goldfinches, serins, and canaries, have been kept as cage birds for centuries, the males singing incessantly all year except during the molt period. Lesser Goldfinches range from Washington, Oregon, and northern Nevada east to northern Colorado and Texas, and south to beyond U.S. More

The Lesser Goldfinch is a very small american song bird. They are between 10 and 11 cms (4 - 4.5 inches) in length, they have a wingspan up to 20 cms (8 inches) and they weigh approximately 9.5 g (0.3 oz). Males have a yellow coloured underside and olive green coloured upper parts with a yellow rump. Their wings are dark with white wing bars and they have a black capped head. Females are more dull than males and they lack a black capped head. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Fringillidae
Genus : Carduelis
Species : psaltria
Authority : (Say, 1823)