Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Olivaceous Siskin (Spinus olivaceus)


French: Tarin olivâtre German: Olivzeisig Spanish: Jilguero oliváceo

Spinus olivaceus

Berlepsch and Stolzmann

, 1894,

Vitoc, Junín, Peru


Has been considered conspecific with S. magellanicus, differing mainly in habitat preference, but hybridizes in area of range overlap in NW Peru; recent genetic study recovered a closer relationship to S. spinescens#R. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes from E & SE Ecuador S to Peru and WC Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm. Small, greenish-yellow finch with fine, pointed bill, yellow wingbars and notched tail. Male has head to nape, throat and centre of upper breast black,... read more


Undescribed; apparently very similar vocally to S. magellanicus.


Montane, subtropical forest canopy, edges and clearings (especially on upper slopes), between 1200... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly seeds, mostly of low-growing plants, together with bush and tree seeds. Forages in low plants and in shrubs, bushes and trees, often... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Olivaceous Siskin (Spinus olivaceus). 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).