French: Serin cini German: Girlitz Spanish: Serín verdecillo
Europe (except British Is and almost entire Fennoscandia) E to E Baltic, W Russia and Belarus, S to Mediterranean islands, N, W & CS Turkey, Canary Is (Tenerife, Gran Canaria), N Africa (N & C Morocco E to N Tunisia and NW & NE Libya), W Syria, Israel and W Jordan#R; winters SW & S Europe and N Africa E to N Egypt and Levant, also Iraq.
11–12 cm; 8·5–14 g. Small and compact streaky finch with short stubby bill, short rounded wings, slightly forked tail and bright yellow rump. Male has... read more
Song, usually from prominent perch (e.g. top of tree, tall post, TV aerial, or roadside powerlines... read more
Lowland to lower montane mosaic of wooded hills with conifers and open country, maquis slopes with... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seeds, buds, shoots, flowers and small invertebrates. Seeds, buds and flowers include those of alder (Alnus), birch (... read more
Season Feb to early Aug; usually single-brooded, but two broods frequent in parts of C Europe. Monogamous. Solitary or in loose semi-... read more
Resident and migratory. Post-breeding dispersal by juveniles from mid-Jul; breeding birds from C... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common or locally common. Breeding population in Europe in 1990s estimated at between 10,000,000 and 13,000,000 pairs, with most in... read more
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