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Lesser Goldfinch


Doug Harling

A pair of Lesser Goldfinch

The Lesser Goldfinch is a very small songbird. It is noticeably smaller than its relative, the American Goldfinch. Together, the Lesser, American and the Lawrence's Goldfinch form the Goldfinch clan. We talked about the American Goldfinch a couple weeks ago and I mentioned how these two Goldfinches are often seen together in our area. They can be difficult to tell apart to the average birder but when you've been around them, you can tell the obvious differences. The Lesser Goldfinch is about 2/3 the size of the American Goldfinch and I've not seen a Lawrence's Goldfinch to know the comparis...

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