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Birds of North America, Vagrant Visitors, Introduced Birds and Possibilities

American Goldfinch

Chardonneret jaune

Spinus tristis


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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the American Goldfinch

B L W W W Family Latin Name
5" 12.7cm 9" 23cm 0.46oz 13g Fringillidae Spinus tristis

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American Goldfinch

Distribution: The American Goldfinch is often called canary. This is the most common goldfinch and is seen over the widest areas of North America than any other goldfinch. Many of these birds will spend the winter months in Canada and show up at backyard bird feeders. Seen yearly from the southern regions of Newfoundland and Labrador through the lower half of Quebec. Also seen around the Great Lakes and across the prairies to British Columbia as well as to the base of California and across all the southern states to the southern tip of Florida and up the Atlantic coast to Nova Scotia.




References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society


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