- 3.9–4.7 in
- 8.3 in
- 0.3–0.5 oz
- Chardonneret gris (French)
- Dominiquito de Lawrence, Jilguero gris (Spanish)
- The Lawrence's Goldfinch seems to have no loyalty to its breeding areas, being present in large number in a locality one year and absent the next. Its nomadic movements are probably related to availability of water and seed crops.
- Unlike most migratory birds, Lawrence's Goldfinch moves mostly to the east and west, rather than northward and southward, between seasons.
- Lawrence's Goldfinch was named by John Cassin in 1850 for his colleague George Lawrence, a New York businessman and ornithologist.
Open woodlands, chaparral, and weedy fields.
Almost exclusively seeds, mostly from annual plants.
- Clutch Size
- 3–6 eggs
- Egg Description
- White and unmarked; sometimes very pale blue.
- Condition at Hatching
- Helpless with down along back.
A loose cup of leaves and grass stems, with lichen where available, placed at mid-height in a tree.
Perches on a plant and picks seeds from it.
The erratic movements of this species make tracking of trends very difficult, but overall population size is probably less than 200,000. Because of its limited numbers, it is included in the yellow (rare and/or declining) category on the Audubon WatchList.
- Davis, J. N. 1999. Lawrence's Goldfinch (Carduelis lawrencei). In The Birds of North America, No. 480 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.