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The Siskin

Tuesday, 20th June 2017

The Siskin is a small passerine bird and is part of the finch family (Fringillidae). Find out more about this relatively common bird here...
The Siskin

The Siskin (Spinus spinus) has greenish coloured plumage, streaked dark brown to black, the male having brighter and darker colouration with a black forehead and chin patch also there are yellow patches on the wings and tail. Females and juveniles are duller with more streaking.

The Siskin is a relatively common bird and can be found in conifer woods, mixed woodlands and gardens. Its numbers vary depending on seed production and as the seed from spruce trees dries up they turn to alder and birch seeds.

According to the BTO, coniferous forests were not surveyed in detail before the 1990s and so the long term trend in the Siskin population is not well known, but it appears that their numbers may have decreased in recent years.

It breeds mainly in the UK.

During winter, Siskins arrive in the UK from mainland Europe and reach maximum numbers early in the New Year.

By spring a number of Siskins will move away from gardens and head for breeding areas. They will, however, return to gardens in numbers in search of supplementary food – especially during the breeding season – which is a pleasant sight as Siskins feed among the trees whilst making a sweet twittering sound.
Niger Seed Standard Peanuts

Siskins are seed-eaters, and they search mainly for cone seeds. They also enjoy peanuts, Niger Seed and other small seeds as are provided in Haith's Wild Bird Food.
Original Wild bird food
Haith’s Original Wild Bird Food is a recipe that's worked for Siskins since the 1960s plus it’s great value and perfect for ground feeders, bird tables and bird seed feeders.

Siskins are a delight to see and feed in the garden.


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