Perching

Lesser Goldfinch

Spinus psaltria
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Length: 5 in. (11 cm )
Inhabiting open brushy areas and forest edges, the Lesser Goldfinch is also common in suburban areas where flowering plants grow and thistle and seed feeders are available. Its nest is cup-shaped, made of woven plant fibers and placed in low to medium-height shrubs. Male songs are highly variable as they mimic many other bird species.

The four-digit banding code is LEGO.

Male | Herbert Clarke

Female | Robert Shantz


Agricultural

Chaparral

Desert

Mesquite bosque

Oak-pine woodland

Riparian / River forest

Savanna

Shrubs

Urban city
Bird Sound Type: Twittering
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Lesser Goldfinch
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: December 11, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/lesser-goldfinch

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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Lesser Goldfinch. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved December 11, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/lesser-goldfinch

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Dr. Biology. "Lesser Goldfinch". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/lesser-goldfinch

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Dr. Biology. "Lesser Goldfinch". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 11 Dec 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/lesser-goldfinch

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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