Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Mountain Serin (Chrysocorythus estherae)


French: Serin malais German: Malaiengirlitz Spanish: Serín montano

Crithagra Estherae


, 1902,

Mount Pangrango, 6000 feet [c. 1830 m], western Java


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. mindanensis. Precise relationship of widely dispersed races to one another unclear; taxonomic identity of population in NC Sulawesi unknown. When placed in Serinus, the name orientalis for birds in E Java is preoccupied by a synonym of S. serinus, thus the replacement name chaseni should be used#R. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. e. vanderbilti (Meyer de Schauensee, 1939) – N Sumatra (Mt Leuser area).
  • C. e. estherae (Finsch, 1902) – W Java (Mt Gede Pangrango).
  • C. e. orientalis (Chasen, 1940) – E Java (Tengger Mts and W Yang).
  • C. e. renatae (Schuchmann & Wolters, 1982) – Mt Rantekombola, in S Sulawesi.
  • Also present, perhaps an undescribed race, in NC Sulawesi (Mt Rano Rano, Mt Pakuli and Mt Rorekatimbu)#R.

    Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm. Small, blunt-billed finch with yellow wingbars and rump, and whitish around eye. Male nominate race has forehead and lower sides of crown yellow (can appear... read more


    Song poorly known, but gives short tinkling trill similar to that of Black-capped White-eye (... read more


    Alpine and subalpine grasslands and heather-dominated meadows with scattered bushes and scrub above... read more

    Food and feeding

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


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in all three of Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia EBA, Java and Bali Forests EBA, and Sulawesi EBA.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Mountain Serin (Chrysocorythus estherae). 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 14 December 2019).