French: Serin syriaque German: Zederngirlitz Spanish: Serín sirio
Lebanon, S Syria, and N Israel, and W Jordan (Dana Nature Reserve); winters also S to NE Egypt (Sinai). Old reports from N Iraq are result of misidentifications#R.
12–14 cm; 10–14 g. Small finch with short bill and deeply forked tail. Male has forehead to forecrown deep golden-yellow (sometimes orange), becoming paler yellow... read more
Song, usually from top of tree, bush or post, similar to that of S. canaria but slower or... read more
Breeds in submontane and montane open woodland and bushy slopes usually dominated by sparse cedar... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seeds and some insects. Seeds include those of canary grass (Phalaris canariensis) and fruiting perennials such as ... read more
Season mid-Mar to mid-Aug, but start of breeding dependent on snow melt and in some years not until end Apr; one brood in Jordan, two or... read more
Resident and partially migratory. Mainly resident in Lebanon, and breeding visitor in extreme S... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in Levantine Mountains Secondary Area. Global population estimated at 4000 mature individuals, of which 1000–1250 in... read more
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