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Lesser Goldfinch

Spinus psaltria

Lesser Goldfinch
copyright Herbert Clarke
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.
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Male
copyright Herbert Clarke

Chaparral
Chaparral

Desert
Desert

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Shrubs
Shrubs

Urban city
Urban city

Agricultural
Agricultural

Savanna
Savanna

Mesquite bosque
Mesquite bosque

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Male
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