Siskin


Siskin

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.


Identification

Male
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.
Female
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
Bill
White short & stubby
Legs
Brown, medium in length
Habitat
Woods, hedges heaths & gardens. Likes to reside at the top of tall trees.
Behaviour
Flits, perches openly, takes off and lands on vegetation
Flocking
1 - 50
Flight
Undulating
Voice
Tsu, tsu - weet, various twitterings

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
High in conifers
Eggs
3 - 5, pale blue speckled reddish
Incubation Period
11 - 14 days
Broods
2; April - May
Food
Seeds, especially conifers, alders & birch, insects
UK Breeding Pairs
310,000

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