Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Black Siskin (Spinus atratus)


French: Tarin noir German: Schwarzzeisig Spanish: Jilguero negro

Carduelis atratus

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

La Paz, Bolivia




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-... read more


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 21 February 2020).