Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Siskin (Spinus atriceps)


French: Tarin sombre German: Guatemalazeisig Spanish: Jilguero capirotado

Chrysomitris atriceps


, 1863,

near Quetzaltenango, 8000 feet [c. 2440 m], Guatemala


Reportedly hybridizes with S. pinus of S race perplexus, progeny showing intermediate characters; see further comments under latter species. Monotypic.


SE Mexico (Chiapas) and W Guatemala.

Descriptive notes

11–13 cm; one male 12·5 g, one female 14·5 g. Small to medium-sized, fine-billed, greenish-yellow finch with slightly forked tail. Male has forehead and... read more


Song poorly known, a rambling warble of scratchy notes, twitters, buzzes and trills, recalling song... read more


Submontane and montane pine-oak (Pinus-Quercus) and oak and alder (Alnus... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly various plant and tree seeds (particularly those of genus Salvia). Forages on ground and in upper levels of trees. In pairs... read more


No information.


Presumed sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in North Central American Highlands EBA. Very little known. Appears to be uncommon or scarce.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Black-capped Siskin (Spinus atriceps). 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 16 December 2019).