This painting is based on the original photograph 'Flawless Male American Goldfinch', by Cindy Treger, whose express consent has been requested to use it as a reference.
The original photo can be found here: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/flawless-male-american-goldfinch-cindy-treger.html
The American goldfinch is an abundant and widely distributed species in the temperate zones of North America, common in summer in weedy fields, alluvial plains, early second growth forests, orchards and suburban garden habitats where they find their main food and suitable sites of nesting.
They are active, acrobatic finches that balance on the seedheads of thistles, dandelions, and other plants to pluck seeds.
They have a bouncy flight during which they frequently make their po-ta-to-chip calls. The males have a bright yellow back and chest, while females' color is usually a duller yellow or olive. Sometimes it's difficult to distinguish between sexes as a male also acquire a dull color during the nonbreeding season.
Although males sing exuberantly during spring, pairs do not nest until mid-summer when thistles and other weeds have gone to seed. They are usually monogamous and usually produce a brood a year. Goldfinches do not join other songbirds mobbing predators.
April 7th, 2019
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