New Jersey designated the eastern goldfinch as the official state bird in 1935. Also called a wild canary or American goldfinch, the goldfinch eats primarily seeds from dandelions, sunflowers, ragweed, and evening primrose.

The male goldfinch has a bright yellow body with black wings and tail, and black on top of his head. The female's plumage is more muted with an olive-yellow body and dark brown tail and wings. (The male goldfinch also displays this same dull plumage in the winter months).

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