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American GoldFinch

Spinus tristis

The American Goldfinch prefers open meadow areas. Their range includes most of continental USA and southern Canada. Winters are spent throughout much of the Pacific Coast, the southern Rocky Mountain states and the Gulf Coast from Mexico though Texas and to Florida. Their diet is strictly vegetarian. When cowbirds parasitize (lay their eggs in) this birds nest, their babies cannot survive on the seeds brought by the parents to feed the young birds. The American Goldfinch can live as long as ten years.

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