11×15 watercolor and gouache on cold press paper. Original available.

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The Eastern or American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis), also known as the Wild Canary, is a North American bird in the finch family. It is migratory, ranging from southern Canada to North Carolina during the breeding season, and from just south of the Canadian border to Mexico during the winter.

The only finch in its subfamily which undergoes a complete molt, the American Goldfinch displays sexual dimorphism in its coloration; the male is a vibrant yellow in the summer and an olive color during the winter months, while the female is a dull yellow-brown shade which brightens only slightly during the summer. The male displays brightly colored plumage during the breeding season to attract a mate.

The American Goldfinch is granivorous and adapted for the consumption of seedheads, with a conical beak to remove the seeds and agile feet to grip the stems of seedheads while feeding. It is a social bird, and will gather in large flocks while feeding and migrating. It may behave territorially during nest construction, but this aggression is short-lived. Its breeding season is tied to the peak of food supply, beginning in late July, which is relatively late in the year for a finch. This species is generally monogamous, and produces one brood each year.

Human activity has generally benefited the American Goldfinch. It is often found in residential areas, attracted to bird feeders installed by humans, which increases its survival rate in these areas. Deforestation by humans also creates open meadow areas which are the preferred habitat of the American Goldfinch. (info from Wikipedia)

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  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...about 5 years ago

    one word: WOW

    you just rock Barb, good to see you still around and painting! :)

  • Ming  Myaskovsky
    Ming Myaskovskyabout 5 years ago

    This is gorgeous!! I see these guys in our garden, they are beautiful. You’ve capture it, well done, instant fav.!! :))

  • Nori Bucci
    Nori Bucciabout 5 years ago

    This is just beautiful Barb….such lovely work you do!

  • Macky
    Mackyabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!!

    ANNETTE HAGGERabout 5 years ago

    Beautfiully painted Barbara, …anna : )

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellabout 5 years ago

    gorgeous work!!

  • williamsart
    williamsartabout 5 years ago

    Great piece Barb!

  • Arie van der Wijst
    Arie van der W...about 5 years ago

    Beautiful water colour Barbara! I love his face!

  • Jean Hildebrant
    Jean Hildebrantabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful, Barbara!!!

  • 1stAngel
    1stAngelabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous as usual!

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