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Wild Bird Guide : Siskin
Siskin - Carduelis spinus
This little lively finch is mainly a resident breeder from southern England to northern Scotland but seen in higher numbers in Wales & Scotland. During the winter months they are seen more frequently across England.
The male is greenish above, yellowish below with steaked flanks. Its crown is black and it has a small black bib. Wings are black with bold yellow wingbars, and a yellow rump.
The female is much duller buffy brownish colour streaked with a some yellow in its wings and tail, upperparts grey - green, underparts buffy with streaking above and below.
|Size||11.5 - 12.5 cms|
White short & stubby
brown, medium in length
woods, hedges heaths & gardens. Likes to reside at the top of tall trees.
flits, perches openly, takes off and lands on vegetation
|Flocking||1 - 50|
tsu, tsu - weet, various twitterings
high in conifers
3 - 5, pale blue speckled reddish
|Incubation period||11 - 14 days|
|Fledgeling||13 - 15 days|
|Broods||2; April - May|
seeds, especially conifers, alders & birch, insects
|UK breeding pairs||