Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Black-chinned Siskin (Spinus barbatus)


Taxonomy

French: Tarin à menton noir German: Bartzeisig Spanish: Jilguero golinegro
Taxonomy:

Fringilla barbata

Molina

, 1782,

Valparaíso, Chile

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

C & S Chile (Atacama S to Magallanes), S Argentina (S Mendoza and S La Pampa S to Tierra del Fuego) and Falkland Is.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 13–19·8 g (Argentina). Rather small, greenish-yellow finch with small bill, yellowish wingbars and notched tail. Male has forehead to crown and... read more

Voice

Song, given usually between May–Jul and Sept–Dec (on Falkland Is) from prominent perch... read more

Habitat

High forest, mostly coniferous but also broadleaf, also thickets, brush and open country with... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly small seeds, including those of tussac, wild celery (Apium australe) and dandelion (Taraxacum), and insects and... read more

Breeding

Season Jul/Aug–Feb; up to three broods in Falklands. Nest a neat cup of fine grasses, roots and plant fibres and animal hair (... read more

Movements

Partial altitudinal migrant; non-breeding visitor to lower plains and valleys within range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread and common throughout most of range.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Black-chinned Siskin (Spinus barbatus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61355 on 17 June 2019).