Status: No accepted records.
Taxonomy: There are 14 subspecies recognized, all in Eurasia (Gill et al 2022).
Comments: One was reported without details at a feeder in Scribner, Dodge Co 13 and 17 Feb 1996 (Carson 1996).
This species is listed by AOU (1998); it has been widely introduced in the US without success and the widely scattered reports are “almost certainly” of escaped cage birds. The single population that might have been established, on Long Island, New York, is probably now extirpated (AOU 1983). More recently, however, this species may be establishing in parts of Illinois and Wisconsin as a result of a release by a bird importer in Chicago, as well as in the New York area and elsewhere mostly in the eastern US; eBird.org (accessed Dec 2023) shows numerous records in these areas, and it seems likely that strays from these populations might occur in Nebraska associated with American Goldfinches dispersing or migrating from those areas. The five records along the Front Ranges in Colorado and Wyoming show no seasonal pattern (eBird.org, accessed Dec 2023), as might be expected from escaped cage birds.
American Ornithologists’ Union [AOU]. 1983. The AOU Check-list of North American birds, 6th ed. Allen Press, Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
American Ornithologists’ Union [AOU]. 1998. The AOU Check-list of North American birds, 7th ed. Allen Press, Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
Carson, E. 1996. Merlin, European Goldfinch, and other species. NBR 64: 35.
Gill, F., D. Donsker, and P. Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 2023. European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis). In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org
Birds of Nebraska – Online
Updated 2 Dec 2023