Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Antillean Siskin (Spinus dominicensis)


French: Tarin des Antilles German: Haitizeisig Spanish: Jilguero antillano

Chrysomitris dominicensis

H. Bryant

, 1867,

Port-au-Prince, Haiti





Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; c. 9 g. Small, greenish-yellow finch with conical bill and notched tail. Male has head to nape, side of neck and throat black, bordered by bright yellow... read more


Song a low trill or jumble of notes closely resembling song of S. tristis. Calls include... read more


Edges of montane moist broadleaf forest and lower montane pine (Pinus) forest, also open... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly seeds from a variety of plants, including docks (Rumex). Forages on ground in low-growing vegetation, also in shrubs and... read more


Season at least May–Jun. Nest a small cup of moss, usually placed in bush or low pine. Clutch 2–3 eggs, pale greenish-white,... read more


Poorly known. Apparently nomadic in non-breeding season, when those from higher parts of range may... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Hispaniola EBA. Locally common in W Dominican Republic; uncommon in Haiti. Little known. No figures on global... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Antillean Siskin (Spinus dominicensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 29 February 2020).