Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Lawrence's Goldfinch (Spinus lawrencei)


French: Chardonneret gris German: Maskenzeisig Spanish: Jilguero de Lawrence

Carduelis Lawrencei


, 1850,

Sonoma, California, USA




SW USA (California) and extreme NW Mexico (N Baja California); non-breeding E to S Arizona and SW New Mexico, S to NW Mexico (N Sonora).

Descriptive notes

10–11·5 cm; 8·8–14·3 g. Small, short-billed finch, grey and yellowish, with slightly forked tail. Male breeding has black from forehead to... read more


Song a prolonged series of musical tinkling twitters consisting mostly of notes in paired phrases,... read more


Lowland and lower montane dry, open woodlands, principally oaks (Quercus) and pine-oak (... read more

Food and feeding

Almost entirely seeds of trees and plants, occasionally berries, leaves and some insects. Seeds (variable seasonally and regionally)... read more


Season Apr to mid-Sept; one brood, perhaps occasionally two. Monogamous. Colonial. Pair formation usually takes place before break-up of... read more


Resident and partial migrant. Extent and duration of movement variable annually, also little... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in California EBA. Common to locally, erratically or seasonally common. From estimated breeding population in... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Lawrence's Goldfinch (Spinus lawrencei). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 February 2020).