Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Black-chinned Siskin (Spinus barbatus)


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

Fringilla barbata


, 1782,

Valparaíso, Chile




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


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


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


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


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 on 13 December 2019).