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Washington State Bird:

Male American goldfinch - click to see all state birds
Male American goldfinch (willow goldfinch) photo by Dan Dzurisin
on Flickr - noncommercial use permitted with attribution /
no derivative works. See All State Birds - National Bird.

Willow Goldfinch (American Goldfinch)

See American goldfinch video below

Washington designated the willow goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) as the official state bird in 1951. Also called American goldfinch or wild canary, the male goldfinch has a bright yellow body with black wings and tail, and black on top of his head. The female's plumage is more muted with an olive-yellow body and dark brown tail and wings (the male goldfinch also displays this same dull plumage in the winter months).

Active and acrobatic little birds, goldfinches fly with a bouncy, undulating pattern The diet of the goldfinch consists mainly of seeds. The American goldfinch is also the state bird of Iowa and New Jersey.

Female American goldfinch - click to see all state birds
Female American goldfinch (willow goldfinch) - photo by Matthew (jackanapes) on Flickr - noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works - see all state birds

Source:
State Symbols: Washington State Legislature
American goldfinch: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Links:
All State Birds - National Bird


    

 

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