Black-headed Siskin Spinus notatus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Fringillidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Marîa Félix Ramos-Ordoñez, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, and Thomas S. Schulenberg


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Black-headed Siskin
eBird range map for Black-headed Siskin

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Black-headed Siskin is resident in the highlands from northern Mexico south to Nicaragua. In Mexico it occurs north, in the west, to southern Sonora, and, in the east, to southern Tamaulipas; from these regions it occurs south through southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras to northern Nicaragua (Miller et al. 1957, Monroe 1968, Howell and Webb 1995). There also is population in west central Belize (Russell 1964).

The elevational range of Black-headed Siskin is primarily 600-3000 m, although it may occur lower locally (Howell and Webb 1995).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Black-headed Siskin occupies semihumid pine-oak and oak forests, and adjacent more open habitats (Howell and Webb 1995, Parker et al. 1996).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Ramos-Ordoñez, M. F., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, M. d. C. Arizmendi, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Black-headed Siskin (Spinus notatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.