This lively yellow bird is often called the “wild canary”. The male has bright yellow plumage with a black forehead, wings and tail. Females have similar markings, but are dull yellow-green. In the fall, males lose their bright yellow plumage and become drab like the female.

Almost any kind of feeder will attract American Goldfinches, including hoppers, platforms, tubes and nyjer feeders. Their preference is nyjer seed, black oil and hulled sunflowers, but they will also eat nutrasaff and millet.

Birds Choice thanks the Cornell Lab of Orthinology who provided the picture and audio.