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Andy the American Goldfinch
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Introducing Andy the American Goldfinch. The fifth bird for my North American Series of the LEGO Bird Project on CUUSOO

The brightly coloured male American goldfinch is especially recognizable. The American regularly visits seed feeders, particularly in the east. It is often very gregarious, especially during the nonbreeding season, when it flocks to roadsides and brushy fields to feed on thistle and sunflowers. It is often heard in flight, giving distinct flight calls.

Identification A relatively large carduelid. Breeding male: unmistakable. Body entirely bright lemon yellow with white undertail coverts. Jet black cap. Black wings with yellow lesser coverts and narrow white tips to greater coverts, forming 2 white wing bars along with white edging to the tertials. White inner webs to most of the tail feathers. Pink, conical bill. Breeding female: very different from male. Underparts very yellow with white undertail coverts, while upperparts, including head, olive green. Lower wing bar buffy and quite wide. Tail feathers with white tips and inner webs. Bill pinkish. Winter male: cinnamon brown above and on breast and flanks, with white lower belly and undertail coverts, yellowish wash on throat and face, and muted black on forehead. Wings more boldly patterned. Yellow lesser coverts. Wide, whitish lower wing bar. Bill darker than in breeding season. Winter female: mostly drab gray body with black wings and 2 bold buffy wing bars. White undertail coverts and edging to tail feathers. Dark bill. Immature male: black on forehead reduced or lacking. Lesser coverts duller. Juvenile: resembles adult female. Unstreaked.

Similar Species The male is unlike any other finch in North America; the Wilson’s warbler is the only other bright yellow species with a black cap, but it does not have the finchlike bill or the bold wing pattern of the American. All other plumages can be separated from the lesser goldfinch by their bolder wing pattern and white undertail coverts. The female Lawrence’s goldfinch is gray like a nonbreeding adult female American, but note the American’s wider, buffier wing bars and different pattern of white in tail. The call notes of the American are very distinct from those of the Lesser and the Lawrence’s.

Voice Call: various, including per-chik-o-ree or a descending ti-di-di-di; given mainly in flight. Song: a long series of musical phrases, often repeated randomly; similar to the lesser. Not known to mimic other species.

Status and Distribution Common throughout much of United States and southern Canada. Breeding: a variety of habitats, from weedy fields to open second growth woodland, and along riparian corridors, particularly in the West. Does not breed over much of southern third of United States. Winter: populations from northern third of breeding range migrate to southern United States and Mexico, augmenting resident populations throughout middle section of the United States.





























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  September 15, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  September 11, 2012
Well done on another sweet tweety finch. Cheers
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  September 7, 2012
A jaunty color and a cheerful little critter.
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  September 6, 2012
What a pity we don't have these little shiny birds here in France. Lovely!
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  September 5, 2012
Your bird collection is growing quite a bit; this one is another great addition! Beautiful work.
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  September 5, 2012
The wing design, with the slant, looks great! Could never figure out how you did that! Great job DeTomaso!
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  September 5, 2012
Magnificent, as always.
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  September 4, 2012
Thanks everyone! Sorry I've not been around to reply to your comments, I've been busy building :-)
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  September 4, 2012
Quoting Chris Roach great! how many of these do you have now your house must look like a bird sanctuary?
Thanks Chris, I've lost track, I think there are at least 25. Most of them are stored in boxes to keep the dust off. I'll get them all out soon and take a group photo :-)
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  September 4, 2012
great! how many of these do you have now your house must look like a bird sanctuary?
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  September 3, 2012
wow, thats a really nice bird, the studs are perfect for this since (i think) they kind of resemble feathers, since i got a cuusso i will suport all of your birds ;)
  September 3, 2012
I just had to comment on this, even though my brother already did. Awesome work. The Goldfinch is a great bird and very recognizable in our area. I love the details of the wing band. -LB Senior
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  September 3, 2012
Yay! A yellow bird! I love yellow things as I think Yellow is a very cheerful color. This one seems a bit "simple" compared to your other birds, but I still like it! Great job!
DeTomaso Pantera
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kenneth rattledge
  September 2, 2012
excellent, as always.
DeTomaso Pantera
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Chris Melby
  September 2, 2012
Very cool! DUDE! I have a surprise fro you in my next MOC! I think you'll get a kick out of it! I will post it here when the MOC Olympics finish up! Z
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  September 2, 2012
I particularly like the SNOT-work on this one. The shaping, as usual, is brilliant. I like the pink beak too. Is there any chance that you'll build cars again?!...Haha just kidding ;-) -LB Jr.
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  September 2, 2012
Again, this is beautiful!
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  September 2, 2012
Great little yellow fellow. I wish we had these in the wild in the UK! Thanks for all the info about him too. Great build.
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  September 2, 2012
Cute!
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  September 2, 2012
Okay, take your five smilies, and go build another one... ;)
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  September 2, 2012
Very cute, my daughter liked this one a lot.
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  September 2, 2012
Very nice, I like the cheese use on this guy.
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  September 2, 2012
Super spiffy! We have these around here. They be yellowtastic.
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  September 2, 2012
Another little beauty, I love his little pink beak.
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  September 2, 2012
Another nice birdie!Keep em coming!I just celebrated my one year of MOCing anniversary :)
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  September 2, 2012
'Nother birdie with which I am very familiar. I once had the pleasure to befriend one of these for an afternoon. He didn't seem to know why I watched him, but he didn't seem to mind. I love the body form and shaping of the head. Well done Tom. I suspect it wont be too long before your birdies are in stores, and other people's collections! :)
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  September 2, 2012
another nice idea
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  September 2, 2012
Tell Andy, that I am very familiar with his relatives! They are always fluttering about my property! :)
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  September 2, 2012
I really like the second portrait photo. Andy has his head at that angle that small birds often have when they first see you. Fun & characterful.
 
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