The Goldfinch is an American favorite. We have Goldfinch gifts including a little goldfinch stuffed animal made by Wild Republic and is part of their Audubon Bird series. Check the Jeannie's Cottage Gift Shop to see all the Goldfinch gifts we have in stock. We have the Goldfinch bell ornament , the Goldfinch Keepsake Box, the Cabin Critters plush American Goldfinch, some Wild Republic Goldfinch Key Clips, a goldfinch resin ornament and a Goldfinch and Thistle Wall Vase from Ibis and Orchid.
The American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) is common in flocks in weedy fields, bushy thickets and in seed-bearing trees. This little finch feeds on thistles, sunflowers and dandelions.
The breeding male is bright yellow with a white rump, black forehead, white edges on black wings and tail, and yellow at bend of wing. Female and young are recognized by the unstreaked back and breast, stubby finch bill, wingbars, notched tail, whitish rump, and undulating roller-coaster flight. Male in winter and immature resemble female.
The birds are smaller than a sparrow, about 5 inches long, and travel in flocks. Song is long, high and sweet. Call is "per-chik-o-ree."
Late in the summer, the female goldfinch lays 4 or 5 pale blue eggs in a well-made cup of grass, bark strips and thistle down. The nest is placed in the fork of a small sapling or shrub. Goldfinches breed from southern British Columbia east to Newfoundland and south to California, Utah , southern Colorado, central Oklahoma, Arkansas, and the Carolinas. They winter in much of the United States.