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Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)


Photo © Elizabeth Witchel

Lesser Goldfinch nest

Photo © RenĂ© Corado

Lesser Goldfinch eggs

Photo © RenĂ© Corado

Lesser Goldfinch

Photo © Sharon Beals, from the collection of the California Academy of Sciences

Adult male "Texas form"

Photo © Greg Page

Adult male "Texas form"

Photo © Darin Ziegler

Adult male "Western form"

Photo © Collins Cochran

Adult male "Western form"

Photo © Joan Gellatly

Immature male "Western form"

Photo © Jim Farley

Adult female

Photo © Cameron Rognan

Adult female

Photo © Joan Gellatly

Cheer call

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Various calls

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Song

© William R. Fish

Chee-chee-chee and other short calls

© Harriette Barker

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

desert

open woodland

shrub

town

Substrates

Live Tree Branch

Bush or Shrub

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cup

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

2
6

Nest Height

45 ft
4 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

12-13
days

Brooding Period

11-14
days

Useful Hints

  • Lesser Goldfinches are often found in suburban habitats, like parks and gardens.
  • The nest is usually in a twig fork of a tree, mostly hidden by foliage or lichens.
  • The female, which builds most of the nest without help from the male, begins by collecting plant materials with her beak. The materials can include leaves, bark, catkins, yucca fibers, cocoons and spiderwebs. Sometimes she strips branches of their fibers, holding them with her feet.