Serin (Serinus serinus)
Serin (Serinus serinus). Male. Taken at Dospat, Bulgaria, on June 24th 2014.
Male. Taken at Dospat, Bulgaria, on June 24th 2014.
(1/800th sec at f4. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 11 - 12 cm

A small finch, with a large head and small bill. The mantle, back and flanks are always heavily streaked. The male has a bright yellow forehead, neck-side and breast. The female is a duller greenish-yellow.

It is resident in southern and western Europe, and a summer visitor in central and northern Europe. It is a rare passage migrant in the British Isles.

It breeds in tree clumps, also in gardens, parks, churchyards, orchards, etc, preferably with some conifers.

Has an energetic, skipping flight, and makes frequent aerial excursions.

The Serin is of Least Concern on the IUCN list.


16-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain (1)
12-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
25-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
19-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France

08-Jun-2017 : Paklenica National Park, Croatia

05-Nov-2016 : Playa de Los Lances, Spain (1)
03-Nov-2016 : Los Riscos, Spain (1+)
03-Nov-2016 : Montejaque, Spain (2+)