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American Goldfinch
(Carduelis tristis)

This bright yellow "wild canary" is quite conspicuous in its breeding plumage. The male's dazzling yellow body and contrasting black forehead make him visible in the brushy thickets and weedy grasslands that are his habitat. Although they may look like canaries, American goldfinches are related to grosbeaks, buntings, finches and sparrows. Found from southeastern British Columbia to Georgia and west to parts of Colorado, Utah and California, these lithe birds are popular feeder visitors. Because natural foods are so abundant, water is the most important element we can provide for goldfinches in our yards.

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American Goldfinch by George H. Harrison
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