Antillean Siskin Spinus dominicensis

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Despite this species’ name, which perhaps implies that it is widely distributed in the West Indies, the Antillean Siskin is in fact endemic to the island of Hispaniola, where it is largely restricted to the border region between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, in the center of the island. It is mainly tied to pine forests at altitudes of 500 to 3000 m, although it has undoubtedly declined due to habitat loss over recent decades. The Antillean Siskin is usually found in small flocks. Males are distinctive, within the context of its island home, by their yellow body, olive-green back, black head and throat, and yellow wing patches, while females are olive-green above, with two yellowish wingbars, and yellowish-white underparts.

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

Recommended Citation

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