American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) - HBW 15, p. 559
French: Chardonneret jaune
Spanish: Jilguero Yanqui
Taxonomy: Fringilla tristis Linnaeus, 1758, South Carolina, USA.
Geographical variation slight and clinal; some races perhaps untenable. Four subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- pallida ( Mearns, 1890) - S Canada (SC British Columbia E to W Ontario) and C & WC USA (E from to E Oregon, S to NW Colorado); winters also from N California S to NC Mexico.
- jewetti ( van Rossem, 1943) - extreme SW Canada (SW British Columbia) S in W USA to C California.
- salicamans ( Grinnell, 1897) - SW USA (W Sierra Nevada, in California); winters E to Mohave and Colorado Deserts and S to NW Mexico (N Baja California).
- tristis ( Linnaeus, 1758) - SE Canada (E from Ontario) and C & E USA (E from SE Minnesota, S to NE Texas and N South Carolina); winters S & SE USA S to C Mexico.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 39 videos
Both dorsal and frontal views of a female perched and calling. Locality Carrizo Plain National Monument, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA (United States) (ssp salicamans)
Don DesJardin 5 January 2013 3 years ago 23 sec 4.7
A male, then a female, feeding on Purple Coneflowers Locality Mount Airy, Maryland, USA (United States) (ssp tristis)
Robert Schaefer 23 August 2001 8 years ago 36 sec 4.7
Different males moulting from winter to summer plumage Locality Mount Airy, Maryland, USA (United States) (ssp tristis)
Robert Schaefer 14 April 2005 8 years ago 33 sec 4.7
Female at backyard feeder Locality Washington DC, USA (United States) (ssp tristis)
Thorongil CVI 3 April 2011 5 years ago 38 sec 4.6
A pair in winter plumage at a feeder, the male on the left, showing partial breeding colors Locality Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA (United States) (ssp tristis)
Alexander Grimwade 5 April 2006 10 years ago 18 sec 4.6
A male feeding on the seeds of a Dandelion. Locality Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming, USA (United States) (ssp tristis)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 15 June 2013 2 years ago 16 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 100 photos
adult male breeding
Locality Boulder County, Colorado, USA (United States)
Stanislav Harvančík 23 June 2012 1 year ago 4.8
AMERICAN GOLD FINCH WEST SIDE HAMILTON OHIO
Locality Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, USA (United States)
BIGGBIRDS2 13 July 2013 2 years ago 4.7
On a branch
Locality Montmagny, Quebec, Canada
Guy Poisson 15 May 2009 5 years ago 4.6
A breeding female
Locality Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary, Arcata, Humboldt County, California, USA (United States)
AndrewSmith 29 May 2012 3 years ago 4.4
Male on flowers in our back yard.
Locality Lakeshore Village, Waterloo, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada
Miriam Bauman 11 August 2009 5 years ago 4.4
A male American Goldfinch facing the camera while munching on breakfast.
Locality Delaware, USA (United States)
Hal and Kirsten Snyder 30 July 2011 23 weeks ago 4.3