Be aware that habitat type more than any other factor, will in most cases, dictate the species of bird that visit your property.

How to Attract American Goldfinch

One of the most popular, recognizable, and easy to attract birds in the United States, the American Goldfinch is found most frequently in weedy fields and backyards that are full of their favorite seed bearing flowers, such as native Thistle, Aster, Sunflower, and Coneflower.  During breeding season the male American Goldfinch is bright yellow, with a black cap and black and white streaked wings. The female is a dull yellow with black and white streaked wings. Besides planting and maintaining their favorite native flowers, an excellent way to entice an American Goldfinch to come visit your yard is to provide bird seed. American Goldfinch savor Nyjer seed and will also eat hulled sunflower seed. They prefer hanging tube feeders but are not particular about feeder type and will even eat off the ground. Additionally, planting or at least being able to identify trees increases your chances of spotting an American Goldfinch, since they favor Alder, Birch, Elm, Maple and Evergreens (for seeds and winter cover). American Goldfinches are not known to use nesting boxes but providing them with the resources they use to make their nests may encourage a breeding a pair to use your yard for breeding. Traces of Thistle, Milkweed, Dandelion, and Cattails are often found in American Goldfinch nests. The nests are often found high in shrubs or small trees. American Goldfinch use birdbaths.

Best Ways to Attract American Goldfinch

Trees & Shrubs that Attract American Goldfinch

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Attracting American Goldfinch at the Bird Feeder

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American Goldfinch Information

American Goldfinch Identification:

  • Small sized bird
  • Male: bright yellow, black cap, with black and white streaked wings
  • Female: dull yellow with black and white streaked wings
  • Non-Breeding: very dull yellow-gray

American Goldfinch Habitat:

  • Overgrown Fields
  • Backyards
  • Open Woodland

American Goldfinch Eating Habits:

  • Seed-Bearing Plants (Favor: Thistle, Sunflower, Aster)
  • Seeds from Bird Feeder (Favor Nyjer Seed)
  • Small Berries at times in winter

American Goldfinch Nesting:

  • High up in Shrub or Small Tree
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