American Goldfinch

Spinus tritis
American goldfinch are small, brightly colored birds sometimes called "wild canaries"/Photo Courtesy of Rollin Bannow
A small and cheery bird, American goldfinches are brightly colored and possess a lively song of trills, twitters, and swee notes. Listen for the distinctive flight call, "po-ta-to chip". Almost exclusively a seed-eater, they have a stout, conical bill to collect and crack-open seeds. Because seed sources are localized and can be depleted quickly, goldfinch are wide-ranging and frequently on the move. They are comfortable sharing food sources and can be found eating in close proximity to each other. This behavior carries over to backyards where many goldfinches can be seen on the same feeder! American goldfinches wait until late June or early July, when larger numbers of seeds are available, to nest - making this bird one of the latest nesters of all Willapa's birds. Goldfinches are a rarity in that they feed their nestlings seeds rather than the protien-rich insects that most songbirds feed their young.

Facts About American Goldfinch

Nests late; mid-summer

Almost exculsively eats seeds

State Bird of Washington