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Heralding Birds

Bird illustrations by Sylke Angenent

American Goldfinch

A welcome sight at backyard feeders, the American Goldfinch is a colourful small bird that can be found all throughout North America. This poster was created in 2022. Are you interested in getting a print? Click here to go to my Etsy shop!

Yellow poster of an American Goldfinch perched on a branch.
Did you know?

1. The American Goldfinch is the only finch species that molt their body feathers twice a year. In spring, the male birds get their bright yellow feathers and at the end of summer darker feathers grow in. 2. These birds migrate, as they cannot tolerate the cold temperatures of winter. 3. Contrary to what you might think, the American and European Goldfinches are not closely related. They are classified in seperate genera, and their coloring is distinctly different. 4. The American Goldfinch is the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa and Washington. 5. Brown-headed Cowbirds often lay their eggs in American Goldfinch nests. This is unfortunate, as the Cowbird hatchlings only live for a few days after birth as they simply cannot survive on the all-seed diet that Goldfinches feed their young.