Siskin

Description

Key information

The siskin is a small, lively finch, which is smaller than a greenfinch. It has a distinctly forked tail and a long narrow bill. The male has a streaky yellow-green body and a black crown and bib. There are yellow patches in the wings and tail. It is mainly a resident breeder from southern England to northern Scotland, but is most numerous in Scotland and Wales. Many breeding birds are residents; in winter birds arrive here also from Europe.

 

What they eat:

Seeds, especially of conifers, alders and birch and some insects.

Measurements:

Length:
12cm
Wingspan:
20-23cm
Weight:
12-18g

Population:

UK breeding:
410,000 pairs

Identifying features:

This bird species has different identifying features depending on sex/age/season.

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