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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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Black-headed Siskin is described as "a varied, rapid, jangling, twittering warble, often prolonged, with repetition of phrases and odd nasal and metallic notes thrown in" (Howell and Webb 1995).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Calls of Black-headed Siskin include "a nasal teu much like Lesser Goldfinch [Spinus psaltria], a drawn-out tseeeu, or djeein, a dry jeh-jeht, and a nasal ti-chie" (Howell and Webb 1995).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Black-headed Siskin can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

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.