Eastern Goldfinch

New Jersey State Bird


Male eastern goldfinch

Male eastern goldfinch amongst the thistles; photo by Jen Goellnitz on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Eastern Goldfinch

New Jersey designated the eastern goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) as the official state bird in 1935. Also called a wild canary or American goldfinch, the goldfinch eats primarily seeds from dandelions, sunflowers, ragweed, and evening primrose.

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).

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Female eastern goldfinch; photo by eugene beckes on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Female eastern goldfinch


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