Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Siskin (Carduelis spinus). Male. Taken at Arne, Dorset, on May 1st 2015.
Male. Taken at Arne, Dorset, on May 1st 2015.
(1/125th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 11 - 12.5 cm

The Siskin is a small, lively finch, which is smaller than a Greenfinch. It has a distinctly forked tail and a long narrow bill. The male has a streaky yellow-green body and a black crown and bib. There are yellow patches in the wings and tail.

It is mainly a resident breeder from southern England to northern Scotland, but is most numerous in Scotland and Wales. Many breeding birds are residents; in winter birds arrive here also from Europe.

It breeds in coniferous and mixed forest, mainly in spruce.

Birds can form large flocks in winter, which roam far and wide.

This species is not threatened. There are about 369,000 pairs in Britain.


22-May-2019 : Abernethy Forest, Highland (4)
21-May-2019 : Broadford, Skye (2)
05-May-2019 : Elan Valley, Powys (1)
04-May-2019 : Gigrin Farm, Powys (4)
03-May-2019 : Elan Valley, Powys (1)

13-Dec-2018 : Buckland Warren, Oxon (20+)
05-May-2018 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (2)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (c8)
01-May-2015 : Arne, Dorset (2)