185 STANLEY GOLDFINCH
|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.