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American Goldfinch

Scientific name: Carduelis tristis

The eastern goldfinch (American Goldfinch) belongs to a group of small, short tailed finches which includes the other American goldflnches and the siskins. These birds are closely related to the redpolls and have traits in common; they collect in flocks during most of the year and constantly give their characteristic notes as they fly restlessly from place to place. They give the impression of being high-spirited birds, always happy and full of gaiety. (from the Bent Life History)

A backyard favorite, goldfinches grace parks and backyards throughout most of the United States and southern Canada.