American Goldfinch in Winter

American goldfinch. Photo taken with Panasonic Lumix FZ80 10' away.
American goldfinch in winter plumage. Photo taken by Tammy Poppie.

Appearance: The American goldfinch is a small bird about 4.5″ long. They molt their bright yellow feathers revealing a dingy brown body, duller yellow head, and thicker white stripes on its wings for winter. Females are similar to males except their wings have more white tips

Diet: Seeds from flowers, weeds, grasses, and small trees. Some insects if they can find them in winter.

Feeder food: Thistle seed (Nyjer)

Habitat: They’re a common bird in winter throughout contiguous US. You can find them in weedy fields, roadsides, orchards, and backyards.

Range Map

American goldfinch map range
American goldfinch range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.