The Secret Lives of Goldfinches

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The Secret Lives of Goldfinches

Written by Bob Sundstrom

[American Goldfinch call merging with song, https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/108637521 , 0.05-0.11]

American Goldfinches are considered one of our most acquainted birds, a sunshine sparkle of yellow on the seed feeder. However these little beauties lead lives which might be something however odd.

In contrast to birds that nest in spring, American Goldfinches delay breeding till the summer time, leaving many pairs with simply sufficient time to boost a single brood. However some goldfinches handle to tug off a second nesting: the feminine leaves her first set of chicks within the care of her mate then rapidly mates with one other male to boost a second brood in a brand new nest.

Goldfinches even have a secret weapon towards cowbirds, which lay their eggs in different birds’ nests. Goldfinches feed their younger nearly 100% vegetable matter. That doesn’t provide the proteins that the extra omnivorous cowbirds must thrive, so the parasitic nestlings don’t survive.

[American Goldfinch song bit, https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/94457 ]

Even the vocal skills of goldfinches are one thing particular. They seem to acknowledge the flight calls of various particular person goldfinches, which to our ears sound the identical. And when a feminine and male pair up, they study to make an identical flight calls, cementing their id as a mated pair.

[American Goldfinch flight call, https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/107268181 ]
Yard birds they could be, however American Goldfinches by no means stop to amaze.

For BirdNote, I’m Mary McCann

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Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by Richard Bunn, W Hershberger and Jeff Wells.
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© 2018 Tune In to Nature.org   October 2018/2020 / August 2022   Narrator: Mary McCann
 
ID#  AMGO-02-2018-10-08  AMGO-02

Reference re: pairs studying an identical flight-call sample https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/17838128/
 

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