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Eurasian Siskin

(Spinus [Carduelis] spinus)
Alternate name(s): "European Siskin", "Common Siskin", "Siskin"
German name(s): "Zeisig"

Size: 11-12.5 cm; wing span 20-23 cm
Weight: 10-18 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Eurasian Siskin at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Near-lateral view of a male Eurasian Siskin on the ground (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a male Eurasian Siskin on the ground (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Eurasian Siskin (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Lateral view of a female Eurasian Siskin (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Dorsal view of a female Eurasian Siskin (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

View onto the upperparts of a female Eurasian Siskin (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Behaviour

In some years, for as yet unexplained reasons, droves of Eurasian Siskins migrate southwards in large flocks. Such events are on a much more massive scale than the normal annual migration.

Food, Diet

Like all other species of finches (and related genera), Eurasian Siskins are seed-eaters.

Male Eurasian Siskin taking seeds from a thistle; note the greyish cap typical of autumn plumage (photo courtesy of A. Sarok)
[Near Temerin, Serbia, November 2016]

Near-frontal view of a female Eurasian Siskin feasting on the seeds of an introduced Thuya shrub (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

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