American Goldfinches are small North American birds belonging to the finch family. They are primarily recognized for their striking bright yellow plumage in the summer months and the distinctive black wings and caps on males.
Ranging from 4.3-5.1 inches in length, these songbirds exhibit sexual dimorphism where females have an olive-brown color while males sport vibrant yellow during the breeding season which turns olive in winters.
Their diet mainly consists of seeds from dandelions, sunflowers, ragweed, and thistles. Aside from seeds, they also consume insects when feeding their young. The bird is a frequent visitor to feeders and gardens making it quite popular among wild bird enthusiasts.
Goldfinches are also known for their acrobatic flight pattern whereby they fly with a bounding motion that sees them dip below their original position before rising up again quickly.
They can be found across North America from Canada down into Mexico but thrive best in open country where weeds prosper.
Well-appreciated both for their enchanting melody and captivating colors, American Goldfinches hold a cherished spot within North American fauna symbolizing happiness or positivity due its golden hues.