Lesser Goldfinch Fun Facts About Lesser Goldfinches

  • Like their cousin the American Goldfinch, Lesser Goldfinches will delay breeding until the greatest number of thistle, dandelion and other composite flowers are seeding.
  • The Lesser Goldfinch is believed to be monogamous with its mate during the breeding season and will bring food to the nest for her while she incubates their eggs.
  • Some known predators of the Lesser Goldfinch include the Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Kestrel, Northern Pygmy-Owl, and Loggerhead Shrike.
  • The oldest banded Lesser Goldfinch recaptured in the wild had lived 5 years and 8 months.