Andean Siskin Spinus spinescens

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Fringillidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Andrés Ceballos Vargas

The Andean Siskin is in fact confined to the northern Andes, in Colombia and northwest Venezuela, with a very small of the species’ range into northern Ecuador. The male is black-crowned, with otherwise dark olive upperparts, yellowish-olive underparts, and yellow wing and tail markings. Females are broadly similar in plumage, but lack the black cap, and the mid belly is whitish. This siskin is mainly found at elevations between 1800 and 3700 m, and it is fairly common in open areas with scattered trees, where it mainly feeds on the ground and is usually encountered in small flocks, like many congenerics.

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© Paul A. Schwartz

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Andean Siskin (Spinus spinescens), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: