Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
(aka Dark-backed Goldfinch, Carduelis psaltria, Astragalinus psaltria)

Colombian name: Jilguero Aliblanco

Lesser Goldfinch, Otún-Quimbaya, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for a larger image Otún-Quimbaya, Risaralda, Colombia
April 2012

The Lesser Goldfinch is distributed from the western USA through Central America to Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. There is a distribution map at NatureServe. It is found in semi-open areas and farmland but tends to favour drier areas.

Lesser Goldfinch, Otún-Quimbaya, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for a larger image The male is glossy black above and yellow below with a white patch on the wing and white at the base of the tail. The female is olive above, yellow-olive below but also shows the white patch on the wing.

The song is a rambling series of notes.

Lesser Goldfinch, Otún-Quimbaya, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for a larger image
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