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Lesser Goldfinch

Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)

Finches Common Year-Round
Lesser Goldfinch

Lesser Goldfinch, female - CSU San Bernardino
© Tom Benson

Lesser Goldfinch

Lesser Goldfinch, male - Desert Center, CA
© Brad Singer

The Lesser Goldfinch is a common year-round, breeding resident on campus. They are usually seen in medium to large-sized flocks, except during the breeding season. It is a common breeding resident in southern California.

High Count: 100, Average Count: 10-20

Adult male Lesser Goldfinches have an olive green back, yellow underparts, and a black cap, wings, and tail (the latter two with white spots). Females and juveniles are basically a duller version of the adult male but without a black cap.