|Family XV. FRINGILLINAE. FINCHES.
GENUS VIII. CARDUELIS, Cuv. GOLDFINCH.
|Genus||CARDUELIS STANLEYI, Aud.
Bill thick; second and third quills equal, first little shorter. Male with
the upper part of the head black, the back and scapulars yellowish-green,
faintly streaked with dusky, the rump inclining to greenish-yellow; the wings
and tail black; the former, when extended, crossed by two bands, one
greenish-yellow, tipping the first row of small coverts, the other bright
yellow, and broad at the base of the primary and secondary quills; tail also
yellow in its basal third, except on the middle feather; lower parts
greenish-yellow, fading into white on the abdomen; feathers on the throat black
at the base; lower tail-coverts yellow, tipped with white, and having a central
dusky streak. Female dull yellowish-green above, faintly streaked with dusky,
In this species, which I have named in honour of the illustrious Earl of Derby, the bill is so thick and short, as to approach in form to that of the European Greenfinch.
Male, 4 9/12 inches long; wing from flexure 2 10/10; found in Upper California.