American Goldfinch

A small bird, the American Goldfinch changes the color of its plumage twice a year after going through the molting process—the only member of the finch family to go through a complete molt.

Found in most areas of North America except the American Southwest, the American Goldfinch has an amazing, daring courtship ritual as the male circles the female in midflight.

 
Facts
Food Preferences

Food Preferences of the American Goldfinch

The American Goldfinch is granivorous (eats seeds produced by plants), primarily eating composite seeds such as thistle, grey birch, alder, sunflower, evening primrose, ragweed and dandelion.

While nesting with chicks, however, the American Goldfinch adult does provide its young with protein from insects, generally through regurgitation.

American Goldfinches use their feet extensively during feeding. They often hang upside-down from seedheads that are harder to access for other species, enabling them a bevy of food sources untapped by others, greatly increasing their chances for survival.

 

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