Morning Goldfinch

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Morning Goldfinch

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The American Goldfinch changes from winter plumage (seen here), to breeding plumage by a complete molt of its body feathers. It is the only member of its family to have this second molt in the spring; all the other species have just one molt each year in the fall.

Uploaded on January 05, 2009 Editor's Pick

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