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206 YELLOW CHEER - AMERICAN GOLDFINCH
American goldfinch and sunflowers. Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota. The American Goldfinch, also known as the Eastern Goldfinch or Wild Canary, is a small North American bird. It migrates from southern Canada to North Carolina during the breeding season, and from the Canadian border to Mexico during the winter. The male is a vibrant yellow in the summer and an olive color during the winter, while the female is a dull yellow-brown shade which brightens slightly during the summer. The American Goldfinch prefers open country, such as fields and meadows, roadsides, orchards, and gardens. It is often found in residential areas, attracted to bird feeders. It's diet is made up mostly of the seeds of grasses, weeds and other plants, such as thistles and sunflowers. A social bird, the American Goldfinch will gather in large flocks while feeding and migrating.
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