Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Black Siskin (Spinus atratus)


Taxonomy

French: Tarin noir German: Schwarzzeisig Spanish: Jilguero negro
Taxonomy:

Carduelis atratus

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

La Paz, Bolivia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

CS Peru (Huánuco) S in Andes to N Chile (Antofagasta; records to Coquimbo and Santiago) and NW Argentina (Mendoza).

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 15–16·8 g (Argentina). Rather small, black or blackish finch with yellow wing-flash, conical bill and notched tail. Male is almost entirely jet-black or... read more

Voice

Song and calls poorly known; apparently similar to those of S. uropygialis, but song... read more

Habitat

Puna zone and Altiplano. Rocky and stony slopes, crags, gulleys and hillsides with light or... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly seeds of low-growing plants and bushes, also occasionally insects. Forages on the ground and in low vegetation. In pairs and small... read more

Breeding

Eggs recorded in Nov–Dec and juveniles in Apr–Jun. No further information.

Movements

Resident and altitudinal migrant; some from higher areas descend to lower altitude in non-breeding... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon or locally common.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2018). Black Siskin (Spinus atratus). 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/61353 on 22 September 2018).