Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Near Threatened

Mindanao Serin (Chrysocorythus mindanensis)


French: Serin de Mindanao German: Mindanaogirlitz Spanish: Serín de Mindanao

Serinus mindanensis

Ripley and Rabor

, 1961,

Malaybalay, Mount Katanglad, Bukidnon Province, Mindanao, Philippines


Originally described as a species and surprisingly lumped with C. estherae subsequently; differs in its dark vs whitish eyering (prominent in all subspecies of estherae except renatae) (2); golden-yellow on forecrown (more than in other taxa), head sides, throat and breast (3); no black on throat and lack of heavy streaking on breast (3); richer yellow rump (ns[1]); bill “remarkably stout and arched, far more so in proportion than in estherae#R (allow 2). Monotypic.


C Mindanao (Mt Kitanglad and Mt Apo), in S Philippines.

Descriptive notes

11–12·5 cm. Small, remarkably stout and arch-billed finch with yellow wingbars and rump, and whitish around eye. Adult male has tips to feathers of forecrown, lower back,... read more


Apparently unknown.


Found above c. 1500 m in montane rainforest and moss forest or edges of ericaceous forest.

Food and feeding

Diet basically unknown; probably a variety of seeds and small fruit. Forages low down in low bushes or other vegetation and on ground. Shy... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Overall range, confined to just two... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Mindanao Serin (Chrysocorythus mindanensis). 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 25 February 2020).