Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Lesser Goldfinch - Spinus psaltria
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General Comments Accidental. There are two state records for the Lesser Goldfinch: an immature male of the "Western" or "Green-backed" race was seen in Winston-Salem (Forsyth) on 27 Sep 1985* [Chat 50:59-60 link], and one adult male of the "Texas" or "Black-backed" race at a feeder in Beaufort (Carteret) from 2-4 Mar 2009* was seen by multiple observers and photographed [Chat 74:11-13 link]. Several photographs of this last bird are on the Carolina Bird Club Photo Gallery.
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Definitive
State Status
U.S. Status
State Rank SA
Global Rank G5
Coastal Plain One record (see above).
Piedmont One record (see above).
Mountains No records.
Finding Tips
Attribution LeGrand[2023-03-28], LeGrand[2018-02-01], LeGrand[2012-11-09]
NC Map
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