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'Nonbreeding' means it's an adult, but the feathers are different colors from breeding season.  Many birds show one set of colors during breeding season, and a different set when they're trying to attract a mate.  Usually the nonbreeding colors are more muted and provide better camouflage.  In some species, both genders change; in others, only one (and it's not always the male).  Note that 'breeding season' doesn't always mean spring or summer; many birds are showing their breeding colors now.  And yes, in some species, the juveniles and immature birds may have coloration different from the adults.

I think this is a female  For a nonbreeding male American Goldfinch, I'd expect to see at least some yellow on the head.


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