Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Yemen Serin (Crithagra menachensis)


French: Serin du Yémen German: Jemengirlitz Spanish: Serín yemení

Poliospiza menachensis


, 1913,

Menacha, Yemen


Sometimes considered conspecific with C. ankoberensis. Monotypic.


SW Saudi Arabia, W Yemen (recorded E to c. 48° E#R) and extreme SW Oman.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm. Small finch with conical bill and long primary projection. Has forehead, crown, nape and upperparts grey-brown, finely streaked darker on crown and... read more


Song a short "chew-chee-chee-chwee". Calls include drawn-out "teee-oo" like... read more


Lower montane to submontane dry scrub and vegetation on rocky hillsides, stony plateaux and cliffs... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly small seeds, including those of grasses, millet and other plants and shrubs, e.g. docks (Rumex) and Salvia.... read more


Season late Aug to Dec and Mar–Apr. Colonial in Oman, up to ten nests together in rock overhang, inter-nest distance c. 5–15 m... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in South-west Arabian Mountains EBA. Common or locally common. First discovered in S Oman in 1997, and found to be... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Yemen Serin (Crithagra menachensis). 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 23 January 2020).