Siskin – Carduelis spinus

The little, lively Finch is mainly a resident breeder found across the UK. They are most commonly spotted in Wales and Scotland, until the winter months, when they become more frequently seen in slightly warmer England.

Identification

Male: Greenish upperparts and yellowish underparts, with streaked flanks. Its crown is black and it has a small black bib, black wings with bold yellow wing-bars and a yellow rump.
Female: Much duller in colouring, with tones of brown streaked with subtle yellow in the wings and tail. Upperparts are grey-green, whilst the underparts are more buff in colour, with overall streaking.
Size: 11.5–12.5cm.
Bill: White, short and stubby.
Legs: Brown, medium length.
Habitat: Woodlands, hedges, heaths and gardens. Especially likes to reside at the top of tall trees.
Behaviour: Flits, perches openly, takes off/lands on vegetation.
Flocking: 1–50.
Flight: Undulating.
Voice: Tsu, tsu – weet sound, amongst various twittering.

Breeding

Nest: High in conifer trees.
Eggs: 3–5. Pale blue with reddish speckles.
Incubation period: 11–14 days.
Fledgeling: 13–15 days.
Broods: 2. April–May.
Food: Seeds, especially those from conifers, alders and birch trees. Also insects.
UK breeding pairs: 310,000.

Suggested feed

Countrywide Goldfinch and Siskin Bird Feed, Countrywide Niger Seed.

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