Food Preferences of the American Goldfinch
The American Goldfinch is granivorous (eats seeds produced by plants), primarily eating composite seeds such as thistle, grey birch, alder, sunflower, evening primrose, ragweed and dandelion.
While nesting with chicks, however, the American Goldfinch adult does provide its young with protein from insects, generally through regurgitation.
American Goldfinches use their feet extensively during feeding. They often hang upside-down from seedheads that are harder to access for other species, enabling them a bevy of food sources untapped by others, greatly increasing their chances for survival.
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