Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-rumped Siskin (Spinus uropygialis)


French: Tarin à croupion jaune German: Kordillerenzeisig Spanish: Jilguero cordillerano

Chrysomitris uropygialis

P. L. Sclater

, 1862,



Hybridizes with S. magellanicus in S Peru. Monotypic.


C Chile (Atacama S to Bío Bío) and adjacent NW Argentina (Mendoza); some migrate N to S & C Peru and W Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 14 g (1 bird from Peru). Rather small, blackish-and-yellow finch with fine conical bill and notched tail. Male has head and upperparts to centre of breast... read more


Song poorly known, a rich and melodious series of warbling phrases interspersed with twitters and... read more


Mountain slopes, cliffs, heaths and lightly wooded plains, including Polylepis woodlands,... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly plant seeds; occasionally some insects. Forages on the ground, in low vegetation and in bushes. In pairs and small groups; in non-... read more


Nest with young in late Feb and juveniles seen in Apr–May. No further information.


Partial and altitudinal migrant. Wanders widely and erratically in search of feeding areas, some... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to locally common in breeding areas in Chile and Argentina. Generally uncommon, erratic or rare on non-breeding grounds in Peru, Bolivia and N... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Yellow-rumped Siskin (Spinus uropygialis). 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).