All the upper and under parts of the body yellowish green.
F. Chloris, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 346. Green Grosbeak, Mont. Orn. Diet. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 163. Selb. Must. vol. I. p. 326. pl. 54. f. 3.
Entire length six inches: length of the bill (from the forehead) six lines, (from the gape) seven lines; of the tarsus nine lines; of the tail two inches five lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing three inches four lines: breadth, wings extended, ten inches four lines.
(Male). All the upper and under parts of the body, scapulars, and lesser wing-coverts, yellowish green; greater coverts and secondary quills ash-gray; primaries dusky, edged on the outer web with gamboge-yellow: tail a little forked; the two middle feathers blackish gray, edged with yellowish gray; the four outer feathers on each side with the greater part of the exterior web yellow: bill and feet pale flesh-red: irides dark hazel. (Female). Upper parts cinereous, tinged with green: under parts much paler than in the male bird: the yellow edging on the outer webs of the primaries and tail-feathers not so bright. (Egg). White, tinged with light blue; the larger end speckled and spotted with purplish gray and dark brown: long. diam. nine lines and a half; trans, diam. six lines and a half.
Common in all parts of the country, and stationary throughout the year. Feeds on seeds and grain. Has a harsh monotonous note, heard from the end of February to the middle of August or September. Nest generally placed in a thick bush; composed of slender twigs, bents, and moss, interwoven with wool, and lined with hair and feathers. Eggs four or five. Is a late breeder, and seldom hatches before the middle of May. Collects into flocks in Winter.