Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Tibetan Siskin (Spinus thibetanus)


Taxonomy

French: Tarin du Tibet German: Himalajazeisig Spanish: Jilguero tibetano
Other common names: Tibetan Serin
Taxonomy:

Chrysomitris thibetana

A. O. Hume

, 1872,

borders of Sikkim and Tibet

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Sometimes placed in genus Serinus or Carduelis (as in HBW); genetic data#R necessitate its placement in or close to Spinus, with partial support for treating the species in its own genus Chionomitris, a possibility previously advanced on basis of morphology; thus further research needed. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW & S China (S & SE Xizang; N Yunnan and W & SW Sichuan), NE India (Arunachal Pradesh) and N Myanmar; non-breeding (perhaps breeds) also N Nepal E to Bhutan and Assam.

Descriptive notes

10–12 cm; 10–12 g. Small, thin-billed finch with forked tail. Male has bright olive-green crown and upperparts, with rump and uppertail-coverts yellow or pale... read more

Voice

Song an extended version of the twittering call, mostly a nasal buzzing twitter of 2 or 3 notes, "... read more

Habitat

Breeds in submontane and montane conifer and mixed fir (Abies), hemlock (Tsuga)... read more

Food and feeding

Principally seeds, mainly those of alder and birch. Forages either on ground under bushes or in scrub or tops of trees. Active and restless... read more

Breeding

Season at least May–Jun, when most in pairs. No further information.

Movements

Altitudinal migrant, making post-breeding descent to lower levels. In non-breeding season, arrives... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Little known. Generally scarce; rare to uncommon in China and NE India. Locally uncommon and erratic in occurrence in non-breeding range, but fairly... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2017). Tibetan Siskin (Spinus thibetanus). 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/61339 on 18 December 2017).