Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Vulnerable

Yellow-faced Siskin (Spinus yarrellii)


Taxonomy

French: Tarin de Yarrell German: Yarrellzeisig Spanish: Jilguero cariamarillo
Taxonomy:

Carduelis yarrellii

Audubon

, 1839,

Upper California; error = Bahia, Brazil

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The results of a recent genetic study#R suggest that this species is more closely related to S. magellanicus than to S. spinescens, with which it has traditionally been grouped, but the sample of S. yarrellii involved a single captive individual. Monotypic.

Distribution:

NE Brazil (Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco and Alagoas S to NC Bahia; formerly widespread). Introduced to N Venezuela (Carabobo); recorded once in Colombia#R.

Descriptive notes

10 cm. Very small, bright yellow finch with fine, pointed bill and slightly forked tail. Male has forehead and upper lores to upper nape black, face and side of neck bright... read more

Voice

Poorly known; song a complex and varied, high-pitched, ringing warble.  

Habitat

Edges of lowland humid forest, secondary-growth woodland, caatinga, edges of cultivation,... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly known. One specimen found to have eaten small fruits; presumably also takes various seeds. No other information.

Breeding

No published information. Nests said to have been found in exotic pine trees (Pinus) in Pernambuco (Saltinho), NE Brazil.

Movements

Presumed sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Extremely rare; surviving populations concentrated in Alagoas, with recent records from Pedra Talhada, Murici and Usina Laginha. Has been recorded at... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Yellow-faced Siskin (Spinus yarrellii). 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/61344 on 22 January 2019).