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Monday, December 15, 2014

Goldfinch Winter Plumage

Photo by Rodney Campbell
Goldfinches are found year-round at Michigan bird feeders, but sometimes people don't realize our bright yellow and black goldfinches grow duller feathers for the winter months.

Unlike many birds, goldfinches molt their body feathers twice a year, bright, attractive yellow feathers in the spring before breeding and much denser olive brown feathers after nesting in the fall. Both male and female American goldfinches look similar in winter without the males’ bright breeding colors to help differentiate between the sexes.
 
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