Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Black-headed Siskin (Spinus notatus)


Taxonomy

French: Tarin à tête noire German: Schwarzbrustzeisig Spanish: Jilguero cabecinegro
Taxonomy:

Carduelis notata

du Bus de Gisignies

, 1847,

Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

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Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. n. forreri (Salvin & Godman, 1886) – W Mexico (S Sonora and Chihuahua to Guerrero).
  • S. n. notatus (du Bus de Gisignies, 1847) – E & C Mexico (S from San Luis Potosí) and Guatemala.
  • S. n. oleaceus Griscom, 1932 – S Belize to N Nicaragua.
  • Descriptive notes

    10–12 cm; 10–12·2 g (Belize). Small, greenish-yellow finch with black head, bright yellow wing-flashes, sharply pointed bill and notched tail. Male... read more

    Voice

    Song a varied and rapid series of jangling or twittering notes, interspersed with nasal or metallic... read more

    Habitat

    Lower montane and submontane conifer forest and pine-oak (Pinus-Quercus) forest,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly seeds of various plants and pine seeds. Forages in trees, on the ground and by clinging to flowerheads or seedheads in manner of... read more

    Breeding

    Season May–Jul. Nest apparently similar to that of S. pinus; clutch 2 eggs. No further information available.

    Movements

    Resident and altitudinal migrant. Those at higher areas of range descend to adjacent lower levels... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to locally common.

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2019). Black-headed Siskin (Spinus notatus). 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/61351 on 24 June 2019).