h2: Basic Description
The American Goldfinch is a small bird that measures around 4-5 inches in length and weighs between 11-20 grams. The males are bright yellow with black wings, while females have a more subdued brownish-yellow coloration. During the winter months, their feathers become duller and less vibrant.
h2: Where To Find This Bird
American Goldfinches can be found throughout North America, from southern Canada to Mexico. They prefer open areas such as fields, meadows, and gardens. These birds can also be spotted in suburban areas where there are plenty of trees and shrubs.
These birds tend to live in small flocks during the breeding season but may join larger groups during the non-breeding season. When it comes to nesting territory, they seek out deciduous trees or shrubs that offer plenty of cover for their young ones.
American Goldfinches feed on seeds primarily – especially those from thistles or sunflowers – as well as insects when available during warmer months. They have been seen hanging upside down on plant stems while eating seeds.
h2: Cool Facts
Interestingly enough, these tiny birds go through two molts per year rather than one like many other species of songbirds! Additionally, American Goldfinches don’t start building nests until late June or early July due to waiting for abundant food sources so they can ensure proper nutrition for offspring development.
Another unique trait about this bird is its ability to change color depending on what they eat; consuming carotenoids causes them to turn a brighter yellow shade whereas eating foods lacking this chemical results in drabber coloring.
Finally (but not least!), male goldfinches sing more frequently after feeding compared with before – perhaps this could indicate satisfaction?