Merlin

Lawrence's Goldfinch Identification

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Adult Description

  • Small songbird.
  • Gray back and sides.
  • Yellow patch on chest.
  • Yellow wingbars.
  • Dusky or black face.

Male Description

Black face. Gray nape and mantle. Black wings with broad yellow bars and conspicuous yellow edges on primary feathers. Yellow patch on breast.

Female Description

Gray face. Gray overall, with subtle yellow wing bars, edges of primary feathers, and breast patch.

Immature Description

Similar to adult female, with even less yellow; sometimes appears all brownish gray.
Relative Size

Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
Measurements
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 3.9-4.7 in (10-12 cm)
    • Weight: 0.3-0.5 oz (9-14 g)
    • Wingspan: 8.3 in (21 cm)