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SEED-EATING BIRDS

The various families of finch-like birds with classic wedge-shaped bills feed largely on seeds, but many other types of birds indulge in this energy rich food.

American Goldfinch

non-breeding female eating composite seeds

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American Goldfinch      Carduelis tristis
USA; Illinois, Chicago, Montrose Point

American Tree Sparrow

feeding on daisy fleabane seeds

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American Tree Sparrow      Spizella arborea
USA; Illinois, Chicago

Black-capped Chickadee

kicking snow off of a Yarrow seed head before flying back to seize the seeds

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Black-capped Chickadee      Poecile atricapillus

Black-faced Waxbill

feeding on grass seed

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Black-faced Waxbill      Estrilda erythronotos
Republic of South Africa, east of Modimolle, Limpopo Prov.

Clark's Nutcracker

feeding in pine; seed in beak

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Clark's Nutcracker      Nucifraga columbiana
Canada; British Columbia, Penticton BC

Common Redpoll

eating birch seeds

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Common Redpoll      Carduelis flammea
USA; Illinois, Glencoe, Chicago Botanic Gardens

Evening Grosbeak

eating Chinese elm seeds

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Evening Grosbeak      Coccothraustes vespertinus
Canada; British Columbia, Summerland

Graylag Goose

eating Rumex seeds

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Graylag Goose      Anser anser
United Kingdom; England, St. James's Park, London

Large Ground-Finch

with yellow cordia seed

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Large Ground-Finch      Geospiza magnirostris
Galapagos, Darwin Bay Tower Island

Medium Ground-Finch

cracking seed

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Medium Ground-Finch      Geospiza fortis
Galapagos, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Is. (Indefatigable Is.)

Orange-breasted Bunting

feeding on grass seeds

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Orange-breasted Bunting      Passerina leclancherii
Mexico; Oaxaca, Ixtepec Oaxaca

Plain-colored Seedeater

eating grass seed

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Plain-colored Seedeater      Catamenia inornata
Colombia, Parque Nacional Los Nevados

Pygmy Nuthatch

feeding on sumac, Rhus

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Pygmy Nuthatch      Sitta pygmaea
USA; New Mexico, Los Alamos Co.

Red-winged Blackbird

dandelion seeds in bill

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Red-winged Blackbird      Agelaius phoeniceus
USA; Illinois, Chicago, Cook Co.

Reed Bunting

feeding on frosted reed seedhead, Phragmites

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Reed Bunting      Emberiza schoeniclus
United Kingdom, Essex

Snow Bunting

eating grass seed

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Snow Bunting      Plectrophenax nivalis
USA; Illinois, Montrose Beach, Chicago

Swamp Sparrow

eating foxtail grass seed, Setaria

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Swamp Sparrow      Melospiza georgiana
USA; Illinois, Montrose Beach, Chicago

White-crowned Sparrow

First winter birds, eating seeds

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White-crowned Sparrow      Zonotrichia leucophrys
USA; Illinois, Chicago, Montrose Point

White-winged Crossbill

holding hemlock cone in foot, extracting seed with bill, Tsuga

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White-winged Crossbill      Loxia leucoptera
USA; Ohio, Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus

Yellow-faced Grassquit

feeding on grass seed

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Yellow-faced Grassquit      Tiaris olivaceus
Panama, Valle de Anton