Family Finches (Fringillidae)


Saffron Siskin (Spinus siemiradzkii)


French: Tarin safran German: Safranzeisig Spanish: Jilguero azafranado

Chrysomitris siemiradzkii

Berlepsch and Taczanowski

, 1884,

Guayaquil, Ecuador




SW Ecuador (SW Manabí, Guayas and SW Loja) and extreme NW Peru (Tumbes).

Descriptive notes

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


Calls include high-pitched twitter in flight; song apparently very similar to that of S.... read more


Edges of lowland dry deciduous forest and second-growth woods, including tall grasses, weedy... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly various seeds, also buds, leaves and some insects. Forages low down in tall grasses and other seed-bearing plants, and on ground. In... read more


Season Jan–May. No further information.


Resident. May wander erratically in non-breeding season, and at times of El Niño events, but... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Uncommon or rare; locally fairly common (at two sites). Estimated global population possibly only a few... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Saffron Siskin (Spinus siemiradzkii). 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).