Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Olivaceous Siskin (Spinus olivaceus)


Taxonomy

French: Tarin olivâtre German: Olivzeisig Spanish: Jilguero oliváceo
Taxonomy:

Spinus olivaceus

Berlepsch and Stolzmann

, 1894,

Vitoc, Junín, Peru

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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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

Undescribed; apparently very similar vocally to S. magellanicus.

Habitat

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

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61350 on 16 December 2018).