Willow Goldfinch

Washington State Bird

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Male American goldfinch (willow goldfinch)

Male American goldfinch (willow goldfinch); photo by Dan Dzurisin on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Willow Goldfinch (American Goldfinch)

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.

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Images

Female American goldfinch (willow goldfinch) - photo by Matthew (jackanapes) on Flickr - noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works

Videos

American Goldfinch in HD