goldfinch can be distinguished from other goldfinches
by its black face. The American and Lesser
Goldfinches have black on top
of their head rather than on
their face. They also have a lot more gray.
Niche filled by the
goldfinch eats small seeds and is small enough so that it is able to
hang on small flower heads without them snapping off.
Reproduction of the
The Lawrence's Goldfinches
prefers to nest in dense foliage, usually in an
Oak or Cypress.
community of the Lawrence's Goldfinch
Lawrence's Goldfinch is closely associated with Oaks. They use
chaparral frequently but always in close proximity to Oak
How to attract
Lawrence's Goldfinch to your garden
is an excellent way to get the Lawrence's Goldfinch to come to your
garden. They also will want some food. See diet.
Diet of the
The Lawrence's Goldfinch, like
most finches, has a diet consisting mainly of seeds. They can often be
seen dangling from old flower heads and picking out the seeds. They
seem to need a source of water and spend a lot of their day in the birdbath.
Some of the
Lawrence's Goldfinches favorites are Chamise seeds, asters, fiddle
necks, Red-maids, Pepper grass, Lepidium, cryptantha, knot weed, and
Range of the
Goldfinch is found nearly exclusively in California. (They are also
found in Baja California.) It is found along the edges of the central
valley up into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Range in the Summer.
They are also found most of the year from San Francisco south on the
western side of the valley.