|Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee)
|Date Taken: 2005-11-15|
|Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-02-19 11:00|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Lesser or Dark-backed Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria) is a very small songbird of the Americas.|
It ranges from the southwestern United States (near the coast, as far north as extreme southwestern Washington) to Venezuela and Peru. It migrates from the colder parts of its U.S. range. It occurs in almost any habitat with trees or shrubs except for dense forest and is common and conspicuous in many areas, often coming near houses.
At 10–11 cm (4–4.5 inches) long and about 9.5 g (0.3 oz) in weight, it is the smallest North American Carduelis species. Males are easily recognized by their bright yellow underparts and big white patches in the tail (outer rectrices) and on the wings (the base of the primaries).
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