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European Serin

(Serinus serinus)
Alternate name(s): "Serin"
German name(s): "Girlitz"

Size: 11-12 cm; wing span 20-23 cm
Weight: 8-14 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See European Serin at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male European Serin (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, July 2018]

Frontal view of a male European Serin looking down (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, March 2019]

Near-frontal view of a male European Serin (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2015]

Near-frontal view of a male European Serin (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, June 2018]

Near-frontal/ventral view of a male European Serin (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Near-frontal view of a male European Serin, here seen preening (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Male European Serin shaking out its plumage after preening; note how the bright-yellow breast is now less obvious, while one can see clearly the characteristic feathers on the sides/flanks with the prominent black-on-white striation sticking out
(photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Near-lateral view of a male European Serin; this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 8 June 2018
(photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, June 2018]

Lateral view of a male European Serin; this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 8 June 2018
(photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, June 2018]

Lateral view of a male European Serin (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2015]

Lateral/ventral view of a male European Serin (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a male European Serin (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, June 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a male European Serin (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2017]

Dorsal view of a male European Serin on the ground (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, March 2019]

Male Common Linnet, right, in comparison with a male European Serin; note that the Common Linnet, although small, is a bit bigger than the European Serin (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female European Serin (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, June 2018]

Close-up near-frontal view of a female European Serin (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2014]

Lateral view of a female European Serin (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Distant view of European Serins with all three types of different plumages: male, top, female, front left, and juvenile, lower right (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Near Soller, Mallorca, Spain, January 2018]

Behaviour

Like all finches known to us, European Serins are gregarious, and they like to take a bath (together) regularly.

Clan of European Serins "in the bathtub" (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2014]

Food, Diet

Male European Serin feeding on seeds (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2018]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

serin_dw_20180529.m4a cannabina
(Poland)
Territorial calls (male) © DW
serin_dw_20180608.m4a cannabina
(Poland)
Territorial calls (male) © DW

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