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American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis

A beautiful yellow, small finch frequently seen around Montreal all year long.

Common Names

  • American Goldfinch (en)
  • Jilguero americano (es)
  • Chardonneret jaune (fr)
  • Goldzeisig (de)

Taxonomy

  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Spinus tristis

Where & When to Spot

In winter, near feeders in Park Mont-Royal but also frequently in other parks. In summer, along ponds and rivers in reed and trees.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Park Angrignon, Montreal 0 1 0 0
Park Mont-Royal 1 0 0 3
Park Pointe aux Prairies 2 0 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

In summer, both female and male are yellow with black wings with white stripes. In winter, color olive but the same black wings with white stripes.

Photos

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Park Mont-Royal - 2018-04-01

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f10.0; Iso 450;

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Park Mont-Royal - 2016-03-04

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 250;

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Park Mont-Royal - 2016-01-02

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/320; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Male

Boisé Des Douze, St. Hyacinthe - 2014-05-18

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 179mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.5; Iso 100;

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Female

Boisé Des Douze, St. Hyacinthe - 2014-05-18

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 179mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.5; Iso 800;

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