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Need Bird ID Again--Small Yellow and Black Bird

Posted by pertgarr (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 26, 11 at 20:04

I'm back needing help identifying a bird again. Today I saw this tiny little bird for the first time. He was feeding on a sock thistle feeder in Central Texas. I think a couple of these pictures show a pair of them. I think the male is the black and yellow one and the female the greenish one. She looks sort of like a goldfinch but the color is wrong and the markings on the back feathers is wrong. They were each only 3 to 3 1/2 inches long--4 at the maximum. Here are 4 pictures. One isn't real clear but the best one I got that shows the back. The yellow on the face starts just below the eye. I thought it was a warbler, but have searched all over the internet and cannot find a warbler picture with these markings. They were very pretty and I was really excited to see them. I saw the male later in the day on a bird bath. Wish I had gotten that picture because you could see him much better.

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RE: Need Bird ID Again--Small Yellow and Black Bird

You have American Goldfinches. Nice pictures.


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RE: Need Bird ID Again--Small Yellow and Black Bird

Are they American Goldfinches or Lesser Goldfinches?


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RE: Need Bird ID Again--Small Yellow and Black Bird

I don't know about the lesser but they aren't American gold finches. They only have a black cap.Just checked they are for sure a lesser gold finch


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RE: Need Bird ID Again--Small Yellow and Black Bird

Absolutely Lesser Goldfinch.

By the way, I don't know how much time you spent looking at warbler pics, but you would have saved yourself that effort by noting the bill shape: warblers have much thinner bills. Bill shape and size is often a good clue to point you in the right direction; bright colour patterns you'll likely remember without trying, but the bill really needs to be looked at (unless we're talking about a toucan or spoonbill etc). Just a friendly hint.

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RE: Need Bird ID Again--Small Yellow and Black Bird

Thanks, Orrin, for the tip about checking the shape of the bird's bill. I remember on the last bird I needed ID on (which turned out to be a warbler) that his beak was very, very thin. I knew this one had characteristics of the goldfinch but forgot there was such a one as a lesser goldfinch since I'd never seen one before.


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RE: Need Bird ID Again--Small Yellow and Black Bird

Sorry about that, I do know the difference,I'm just a lousy speller. Lesser-Goldfinces for sure.


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RE: Need Bird ID Again--Small Yellow and Black Bird

I came here to post a short video of a small yellow and black bird in San Antonio, Texas in hopes of an ID and got my answer on this post. Thank you!

Here is a link that might be useful: Youtube yellow bird ...


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RE: Need Bird ID Again--Small Yellow and Black Bird

Nice lookin' out there! :D


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