Family Finches (Fringillidae)


Red Siskin (Spinus cucullatus)


French: Tarin rouge German: Kapuzenzeisig Spanish: Jilguero rojo

Carduelis cucullata


, 1820,

Cumaná, Venezuela




NE Colombia (Norte de Santander), N & W Venezuela and S Guyana#R; formerly widespread. Introduced to Puerto Rico.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm. Small, reddish finch with sharply pointed bill and notched tail. Male has head to side of neck, chin and throat jet-black, hindneck and upperparts deep... read more


Song a long series of repeated twitters and trills, lasting up to 2–3 minutes, reminiscent of... read more


Lowland and foothill dry deciduous woodland and open country, edges of evergreen forest, scrub and... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly seeds of various grasses, shrubs and trees, also flowerheads, fruit of cacti and figs (Ficus) and berries, including, in... read more


Season mainly May to early Jul, also Nov–Dec. Solitary; loosely colonial in Guyana, with breeding territories densely packed,... read more


Partially migratory or semi-nomadic. Moves considerable distances (up to 50 km) daily to and from... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES I. Extremely rare. In N Venezuela recent observations from only four states; small population probably still extant in N Colombia (Norte de Santander),... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Red Siskin (Spinus cucullatus). 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).