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Lawrence's Goldfinch

Spinus lawrencei

Lawrence's Goldfinch
copyright Doug Backlund
Length: 5 in. (12 cm)
Typically found in oak and streamside vegetation, this goldfinch is highly nomadic and can be found in a wide variety of lowland habitats. Apparently annual differences in rainfall can contribute to wide winter invasions and nesting well outside its normal range. Its food consists of a range of grass and shrub seeds and during nesting, a few insects. The nest is a small cup-shaped affair made of grass, flowers and hair. It is placed in a low shrub, often in loose association with other nests of Lawrence's Goldfinches. The four-digit banding code is LAGO.
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Female
copyright CJ Kazilek

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Shrubs
Shrubs

Savanna
Savanna

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