Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Corsican Finch (Carduelis corsicana)


French: Venturon corse German: Korsenzeisig Spanish: Verderón corso

Citrinella corsicana


, 1899,



Previously placed in genus Serinus. Until recently considered conspecific with C. citrinella, but differs genetically#R and by its cinnamon-brown with dark grey-brown streaks vs uniform yellow-green mantle, back and scapulars in male (3); brighter yellow face in male (1); dull yellow-green vs bright greenish-yellow rump (1); shorter wing (effect size –2.6; score 2); song (at least 2); and arguably lowland habitat (1). Has hybridized with Chloris chloris. Monotypic.

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Corsica, Sardinia, and smaller islands of Gorgona, Capraia and Elba.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 11–12 g. Small, yellowish and brown finch with fairly long, forked tail. Male has forecrown to around eye and foreface bright yellow, lores blackish, hindcrown... read more


Song, from late Feb and throughout breeding season, a loud series of segmented phrases given in... read more


Lowland maquis to montane dry scrub and open to semi-open conifer forests, mainly of European black... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of European black pine, grasses (Poa, Briza) and herbs, including dandelion (Taraxacum); on Corsica mainly... read more


Season mid-Mar to at least Jun; two broods. Nest a loose and shallow cup of fine grasses, plant fibres and down, moss, animal hair and... read more


Altitudinal migrant. Post-breeding descent to lower-level valleys, plains and coastal areas; large... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to locally common. Corsican population estimated at c. 10,000 pairs. Breeding densities of 3·6-53 pairs/km2 in various habitats in Corsica,... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Corsican Finch (Carduelis corsicana). 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 29 February 2020).