How to Attract American Goldfinches

American Goldfinches are perhaps one of the most abundant feeder birds, and are very easy to attract. These small, energetic birds love to eat a specific type of seed called nyjer, which is related to our native thistle plant. 

Not only is it a popular summer bird because of its bright yellow and black plumage, but its lively behaviour makes it very entertaining to watch. Goldfinches are nomadic and move around in flocks. It has been reported that as many as 25 to 100 different goldfinches can visit your feeder in a day!

In the fall and winter, male goldfinches lose their bright yellow colour and turn a drab brown similar to the females. Goldfinches will come to nyjer feeders year-round in our area. Download our brochure on Feeding Goldfinches, with fun facts and tips on how to keep the seed fresh.

Goldfinches like to eat:

Nyjer Seed     Sunflower Chips

                  Nyjer                        Sunflower Chips

Feeders for Goldfinches:    

Quick Clean Finch Feeder


WBU Quick-Clean Finch Feeder  

Our signature Finch feeders are designed specifically for nyjer (thistle) seed, and come in a variety of sizes. They feature a removeable-base for easy cleaning, which keeps the feeder clean so the seed stays fresher. These feeders also carry our famous lifetime guarantee, which means that your feeder is covered for any damage.






 Accessories & Options:


weather guard


Weather Guards & Trays:

Our Weather Guards sit on the lid of a WBU Finch Feeder to protect the seed inside from getting wet. This helps to keep the seed fresher for longer, which means happier Goldfinches!  A tray can also be added to catch shell waste.







Feeder Fresh:

Keep your seed fresh and dry with this absorptive silica-based granule. It's non-toxic and completely safe for the birds.