Lesser Goldfinch

Physical Traits

The male Lesser Goldfinch is a small bird with a bright yellow body with dark wings and a black back (black in the east and dark green in the west). The female is duller in color and without the black marking.


Their nests are made of small stems and grass, cup-shaped, and are found in forks of trees. They nest in late July. The Lesser Goldfinch can be found in habitats that range from woodlands to suburban gardens.

Recommended Feeders

Feeder Tips

Hang a tube feeder from a branch. Even on windy days, finches will delightfully feed on a swaying feeder.

States and Regions Found

The Lesser Goldfinch can be found from Washington, Oregon, and northern Nevada east to northern Colorado and Texas, and as for south as Mexico.