Hooded Siskin Spinus magellanicus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Fringillidae
  • Polytypic: 11 subspecies
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The Hooded Siskin is the most widespread siskin in South America. It occurs in the Andes from southern Colombia to Chile, in lowlands from eastern Brazil and Bolivia south to central Argentina, and in the tepuis of Venezuela and adjacent Guyana and northern Brazil. It is generally common in open habitats with some trees, including agricultural areas, parks, and gardens. This species moves about in noisy little groups, flying overhead in undulating flight or feeding on seeds both in vegetation and on the ground. A small yellow-and-olive bird with a conical bill, it must be distinguished with care from other Carduelis siskins. Male Hoodeds have an entirely black hood extending down to the chest, olive back, and bright yellow underparts, rump, and wing patches. Females are dull yellow-olive, with yellow wing patches and pale yellow underparts.

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

Recommended Citation

Hooded Siskin (Spinus magellanicus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/hoosis1