Lesser Goldfinch, Life History, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Lesser Goldfinch, Life History, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Lesser Goldfinch, Life History, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Measurements
Both Sexes
Relative Size
Smaller than a Song Sparrow; about the size of an American Goldfinch.
Other Names
  • Chardonneret mineur (French) p>

Cool Facts

  • Male Lesser Goldfinches in the eastern part of their range in the US tend to have black backs. Along the West Coast, their backs are green, with only a black cap. Elsewhere, the amount of black varies, with many birds having partly green backs. Lesser Goldfinches are most common in California and Texas, with pockets of local populations throughout the rest of its U.S. range.
  • At feeding sites, Lesser Goldfinches typically mix in with other birds, such as Lawrence's and American Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, House Finches, Lark Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, and Western Bluebirds. >
  • Where their ranges overlap in California, the Lesser Goldfinch-though smaller-dominates the Lawrence's Goldfinch. The Lesser Goldfinch was a male, and at least 7 years old when he was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in.
  • California in 2015.

    Habitat

    The Lesser Goldfinch makes its home in patchy habitats of many kinds. From the western U.S. to South America, this songbird frequents thickets, weedy fields, woodlands, forest clearings, scrublands, farmlands, and even desert oases. You can also find them in parks and gardens in both suburban and urban settings. Some common habitats in the western U.S. including oak, pinyon-juniper, cottonwood, willow, cedar, and pine woodlands, as well as chaparral.

    Nesting

Nesting Facts Clutch Size3-6 eggsNumber of Broods1 broodsEgg Length0.6-0.6 in
1.5-1.6 cmEgg Width0.4-0.5 in
1.1-1.3 cmIncubation Period12-13 daysNestling Period12-14 daysEgg DescriptionPale blue-white and unmarked.Condition at HatchingNaked, blind, and totally dependent on parents for food.

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