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see finchfinch,
common name for members of the Fringillidae, the largest family of birds (including over half the known species), found in most parts of the world except Australia.
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(Carduelis carduelis), a bird of the family Fringillidae of the order Passeriformes. The body length is 12 cm. The wings are black with a yellow stripe, and the crown is black or gray. There is a red ring around the beak. The goldfinch occurs in Europe, Western Asia, and Northwest Africa. In the USSR it is found from the western border east to the Enisei River. The goldfinch settles in deciduous groves, felled areas, and gardens. It nests in shrubs or trees. A clutch contains four to six eggs, which are incubated for 12 or 13 days by the female. The bird feeds on seeds of broad bean sorrel, burdock, thistle, and other weeds. The nestlings are fed insects. Goldfinches are frequently kept as pets.


1. a common European finch, Carduelis carduelis, the adult of which has a red-and-white face and yellow-and-black wings
2. any of several North American finches of the genus Spinus, esp the yellow-and-black species S. tristis
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We took measurements of: American Goldfinches (n = 50 specimens measured), Black-capped Chickadees (n = 26), Common Grackles (n = 57), Downy Woodpeckers (Picoides pubescens, n = 35), House Finches (Haemorhous mexicanus, n = 25), House Sparrows (Passer domesticus, n = 50), Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura, n = 21), Northern Cardinals (n = 50), Tufted Titmice (Baeolophus bicolor, n = 23), and White-breasted Nuthatches (Sitta carolinensis, n = 26).
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Vineyards contained several avian species that prefer semi-open habitat and were rarely captured in the riparian zone, including Western Bluebirds, Violet-green Swallows, Chipping Sparrows, Tree Swallows, American Goldfinches, and Lesser Goldfinches.
This year's award is an original watercolor by Julie Zickefoose of American Goldfinches (Spinus tristis), a species Doris has studied for many years, on which she has presented papers at Wilson Society meetings, and on which she has published.
Males of one of the two non-territorial species we studied, American Goldfinches, still arrived significantly earlier than females.
Among the larger numbers recorded this year - along with the evening grosbeaks, pine grosbeaks and common redpolls - were 731 house sparrows, 689 rock (Dove) pigeons, 533 dark-eyed juncos, 508 cedar waxwings, 478 starlings, 462 American tree sparrows, 396 American crows, 383 tufted titmouse, 326 American goldfinches, 275 mourning doves, 252 snow buntings, 230 wild turkeys, 217 black-capped chickadees, 204 white-breasted nuthatches, 126 northern cardinals, 131 downy woodpeckers, 111 common ravens and 101 blue jays.

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