Washington State Bird - Lesser Goldfinch

Washington State Bird – Lesser Goldfinch

American goldfinch

Carduelis tristis

 


Identification Tips:

  • Length: 4.25 inches
  • Small, seed-eating bird
  • Short, conical bill
  • Short, forked tail

Male alternate:

  • Plumage held in Spring and Summer
  • Black forehead
  • Yellow head, back, breast and belly
  • Black wings and tail
  • White wing bars and tertial edges
  • White rump and undertail coverts
  • Pale bill and legs

Female alternate:

  • Greenish upperparts
  • Yellow underparts
  • Pale bill and legs

Basic:

  • Plumage held in Fall and Winter
  • Yellow face
  • Brownish-olive upperparts
  • Whitish underparts
  • Blackish wings with pale wing bars

Smilar species:

The male American Goldfinch in alternate plumage is quite distinctive.
Female Lesser Goldfinch is similar to female and immature American Goldfinch
but is greener above and has a white patch in the wing.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Source: USGS



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State Bird of Washington. (2014, December 3). In ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. Retrieved 15:36, December 9, 2019, from https://statereports.com/state-bird-washington/
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State Bird of Washington, https://statereports.com/state-bird-washington/ (last visited Dec. 9, 2019).
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Citation styles

APA style
State Bird of Washington. (2014, December 3). In ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. Retrieved 15:36, December 9, 2019, from https://statereports.com/state-bird-washington/
MLA style
classbrain, “State Bird of Washington.” ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. 3 December 2014, 23:53 UTC. . 9 Dec 2019 <https://statereports.com/state-bird-washington/>.
MHRA style
classbrain, 'State Bird of Washington', ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States, 3 December 2014, 23:53 UTC, <https://statereports.com/state-bird-washington/> [accessed 9 December 2019]
The Chicago Manual of Style
classbrain, “State Bird of Washington.” ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States, https://statereports.com/state-bird-washington/ [accessed December 9, 2019].
CBE/CSE style
classbrain, State Bird of Washington [Internet]. ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States; 2014 December 3, 23:53 UTC [cited 2019 Dec 9]. Available from: https://statereports.com/state-bird-washington/.
Bluebook style
State Bird of Washington, https://statereports.com/state-bird-washington/ (last visited Dec. 9, 2019).
AMA style
classbrain, State Bird of Washington. ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. December 3, 2014, 23:53 UTC. Available at: https://statereports.com/state-bird-washington/. Accessed December 9, 2019.