Cassin's finch. Small head. Thursday, March 18th 2010. Distribution and ecology.
Short notched tail. Long wings are black with one white wingbar and large white patch at the base of the primaries. Swift flight, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Black rosy finch. Wings, tail black with white markings. And like other goldfinches, the Lesser is gregarious, forming large flocks at feeding sites and watering holes. Migration: A permanent resident throughout much of its range. Lesser goldfinch has a dark back and rump. Listen For The lesser goldfinch’s song is a long rapid series of sweet notes and whistles, often repeated: sweee-cheecheechee-tvee-tvee-tvee-tootootoo-sweee! Breeding in South America, Middle America, North America: w USA to Peru; can be seen in 15 countries. Lesser Goldfinch: Small finch with dark back (black in the east, dark green in the west), black crown, bright yellow underparts. Gray-crowned rosy finch.

The Lesser Goldfinch is a quick little bird, constantly hovering about and jerking its tail while feeding. Pine grosbeak. On the wing, it has the same dipping, bouncy flight of the American Goldfinch. Songs. The nest is usually in a twig fork of a tree, mostly hidden by foliage or lichens. Small flocks of Lesser Goldfinches are often found feeding in weedy fields or in streamside trees. Adult males have either green or black (Texas to South America) back. Calls. South of the United States, it is widespread through Mexico and Central America, and its range extends into northern and western South America. Lesser songs also have repetitive parts, but they also wrap in single notes picked up from other species’ calls. Jabbering clouds of yellow, green, and black Lesser Goldfinches gather in scrubby oak, cottonwood, and willow habitats of the western U.S., or visit suburban yards for seeds and water. Evening grosbeak. South of the United States, it is widespread through Mexico and Central America, and its range extends into northern and western South America. Click here to hear the call of a male Lesser Goldfinch (audio courtesy of Manuel Grosselet). These finches primarily eat seeds of plants in the sunflower family, and they occur all the way south to the Peruvian Andes. Purple finch. American goldfinch (song) song. Aesthetically, the Lesser Goldfinch is sort of a toned-down version of the American: the yellow’s a little less bright, and there’s some additional black on the back — or greenish black, depending on where you are.
This looser structure leads to a wider range of phrases and more “jumbled” song quality. The materials can include leaves, …

Click here to hear the song of a Lesser Goldfinch (audio courtesy of Ross Gallardy). The female, which builds most of the nest without help from the male, begins by collecting plant materials with her beak. The bird displayed black primaries and secondaries with two indistinct buff white wing-bars. Lesser Goldfinch This very common carduelid finch of the southwest breeds in a variety of habitats at different elevations. Birds continue to learn song patterns throughout life. Pine siskin. Lesser goldfinch landing in Santa Fe, New Mexico . Often imitates phrases of other birds’ songs. They have only a narrow strip of white on the wings (with other white markings in some forms) and little or no white on the tail. The tail is black except for two distinctive white crescents on the inner webs of the outer rectrices. On a bright spring morning, a variety of calls and song will drift from the oaks. Lesser Goldfinch song: lesgol_1.song_cakc_1.mp3.

Blackish conical bill is stout, but sharply pointed. Females' and immatures' upperparts are more or less grayish olive-green; their underparts are yellowish, buffier in immatures. This American goldfinch ranges from the southwestern United States (near the coast, as far north as extreme southwestern Washington) to Venezuela and Peru. by Stewart Janes. The Lesser Goldfinch is a small, social, seed-eating songbird that inhabits a wide variety of habitats of the western United States from Oregon east into Colorado and Texas, and south to Mexico. Red crossbill. The call is a soft slurred downscaled note. Two color patterns occur in the United States, and males in some areas may be either green-backed or black-backed. Males sing a long and variable series of twitters and warbles that can be several seconds long.

Call-wise, both species embed calls within their songs. Forages in shrubs, brush, weedy fields for seeds and insects. Lesser Goldfinches are often found in suburban habitats, like parks and gardens. Lawrence's goldfinch. Lesser goldfinch mimics bird calls, songs in style.