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Olivaceous Siskin Spinus olivaceus

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The Olivaceous Siskin occurs over the east slope of the Andes, mostly at elevations between 1200 and 3000 m, from northern Ecuador south to northwest Bolivia. It is generally uncommon and local throughout this range, where it principally inhabits clearings with scattered trees and the edges of subtropical forest. This siskin’s plumage is very similar to that of the much more widespread, but generally allopatric Hooded Siskin (Carduelis magellanica), including the deeply contrasting black hood of males, although it is rather smaller, and this species’ yellow underparts are strongly olive-tinged.

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

Recommended Citation

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