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Carduelis spinus

Conservation Status (GREEN)

The Siskin is a colourful member of the Finch family. Smaller than a greenfinch. It has a distinctly forked tail and a long narrow bill. The male has a streaky yellow-green body and a black crown and bib, females are predominantly pale with dark streaks and traces of dull yellow. There are yellow patches in the wings and tail. It is mainly a resident breeder from southern England to northern Scotland.
Siskins are stunning seed eaters with striking plumage. Bright yellow siskins rely on trees such as alder and birch for food, and sometimes visit gardens and feeders.

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