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Alternative name: Dark-backed Goldfinch, Arkansas Goldfinch
Carduelis psaltria, Astragalinus psaltria
Females: olive-green upperparts, yellow-buff underparts
 Similar Species
American Goldfinch lacks the black terminal band on the underside of the tail.
Northern populations migratory, southernmost US and the rest are residents year round. Casual vagrant east to the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.
Formerly included in genus Carduelis.
Five subspecies are recognized:
Open habitats with scattered trees and brush, especially near water. Common near human dwellings; comes readily to feeders, especially for thistle seed.
The diet includes tree buds and weed seeds. Favors thistle seed and sunflowers.
They build a cup-shaped nest of plant material in a bush or tree and 3-4 blue-white eggs are laid.
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