Skip to main content

Lesser Goldfinch


A male Lesser Goldfinch in the glow of the morning sun  | 06/21/2014


The Lesser Goldfinch is the more striking of the two common kinds of Goldfinches we get in the United States (the other being the American Goldfinch). It has a bright yellow body, black crown, and backside. It has a chaotic pretty song and you’ll mostly see them in small flocks.

Personal stats

First observation



📍 Los Angeles, California

Captured media details

📸 ✔️ ✔️
🎙️ ✔️ ✔️  

Experiences & anecdotes

11/8/22 - I remember my first few times seeing the Lesser Goldfinch when I lived in California. I was familiar with American Goldfinches at the time but was confused by these birds that had so much more black on them. I thought they looked really cool and the birders I was with identified them. They have a pretty whistling song and I usually find them foraging in trees in groups. The featured photo above was captured at Crescent Bend Nature Park in a bird blind and perch setup.

I haven't quite nailed their song down by ear yet. If I've heard it recently I can pick it out. Certain songs they make I can call, but their presence has surprised me a few times. I had a nice experience recording them at Denman Park last year. They were deep inside a tree in the parking lot and their song attracted me to their location. No other birds were in earshot so it made it easy to get good recordings.

Captured media



A female Lesser Goldfinch lands on a perch for a photo | 07/30/2022


A goldfinch clings to some field flowers | 05/18/2014

Audio recordings

  • ML381426761 - 0:31
    • I love the pretty and chaotic song of the Lesser Goldfinch.

From my blogs