Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Ethiopian Siskin (Serinus nigriceps)


Taxonomy

French: Serin à tête noire German: Schwarzkopfgirlitz Spanish: Serín cabecinegro
Other common names: Abyssinian Siskin
Taxonomy:

Serinus nigriceps

Rüppell

, 1840,

Simen Province, 10,000 feet [c. 3050 m], Ethiopia

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

N & C highlands of Ethiopia.

Descriptive notes

11–12·5 cm. Small finch with thin pointed bill and notched tip of tail. Male has entire head to hindneck, side of neck and throat sooty black, mantle and back... read more

Voice

Song, usually from top of tall shrub, weed-head or roadside powerlines, a series of pleasant... read more

Habitat

Montane forest and open moorland grasslands, usually in open grassy areas of giant heath (Erica... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly seeds of plants and trees, including St John's wort and Hagenia abyssinica. Forages in pairs and small flocks, clinging... read more

Breeding

Season May–Jun and Aug–Oct. Monogamous; territorial. Nest a compact cup of fine grasses, roots and plant down, placed low down... read more

Movements

Sedentary; may move to lower elevations in periods of severe weather.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common or abundant within restricted range.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2017). Ethiopian Siskin (Serinus nigriceps). 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/61295 on 18 December 2017).