French: Tarin des Andes German: Andenzeisig Spanish: Jilguero andino
Subspecies and Distribution
S. s. spinescens
(Bonaparte, 1850) – Eastern Andean Siskin – Colombia (Santa Marta Mts, Sierra de Perijá and E Andes) and W & N Venezuela (probably Sierra de Perijá; N Andes in Trujillo, Mérida and Táchira; also N Aragua).
S. s. nigricauda
Chapman, 1912 – Western Andean Siskin – W Colombia (W & C Andes S from N Antioquia) S to N Ecuador (Carchi).
9–11 cm; one bird 11·3 g. Small, dull greenish finch with fine bill, yellow wing-flash and slightly forked tail. Male nominate race has forehead and upper lores... read more
Song a lively series of sustained but rambling high-pitched metallic notes and rolling trills,... read more
Low bushes and scrub along tree-line and edges of open cloudforest or elfin forest; also in p... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly a variety of plant seeds, particularly Espeletia seeds, and flowers. Forages in low vegetation and on ground; also perches... read more
Birds in breeding condition in Aug; nest-building in Jun and recently fledged young in Mar. No further information.
Nomadic or erratic in occurrence; wanders widely throughout its range when not breeding.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common, locally common or rare. A poorly known species.
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