- 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. The North American Breeding Bird Survey estimates that between 1966 and 2014 numbers were stable, or slightly decreasing. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 300,000 with 83% spending some part of the year in the U.S., and 42% in Mexico. They are a U.S.-Canada Stewardship species and rate a 14 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. Because of its limited numbers, it is included in the yellow (rare and/or declining) category on the Audubon WatchList. Lawrence's Goldfinch is also on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists bird species that are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered without conservation action.