American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis Order: Passeriformes Family: Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)
Spinus tristis Order: Passeriformes Family: Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)

The state bird of Iowa, New Jersey, and Washington can be rare or abundant in winter in any given area. Goldfinches are very hardy, and can survive extreme temperatures if they have enough food. Females do not survive nearly as long as males; the reasons are not understood.

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