Pine Siskin

Adults are brown on the upperparts and pale on the underparts, with heavy streaking throughout. They have a short forked tail. They have yellow patches in their wings and tail, not always visible; otherwise, it appears to be a very small streaked sparrow.

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The Pine Siskin is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Bird Spotting: The pine siskin is brown and heavily streaked with black. Two buff patches mark its wing shoulders and yellow streaks are noticeable on the flight wings and tail. Habitat: The pine siskin makes its home in coniferous and mixed woodlands. Nesting: Three or four pale green eggs, lightly speckled with brown and black, are laid in a shallow saucer of bark, twigs and moss. Bird Bite: Like most northern finches the pine siskin is fond of salt. More

I googled “green-morph pine siskin” and found more helpful information on the Zen Birdfeeder , she had some good links to photos and other reports of the green morph siskin. If you are still curious check Boreal Birds I found this blog to be very informative and well written. More

Pine siskins can be found throughout the United States and Canada, and they are especially common along the Rocky Mountains and in the coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest all year round. Populations that breed in southern Canada will migrate to the central and eastern United States, though if food is abundant the birds may not migrate. Pine siskins readily adapt to coniferous forests and suburban areas. Vocalizations: For such a small bird, the pine siskin is very vocal. More

The pine siskin is a social bird the year round. Breeding individuals join in social flocks away from the nesting territory, and they sometimes feed in the tree where the nest is situated. These social groups are small, up to a half dozen birds, not the large flocks commonly seen outside the breeding season. More

Throughout their range, Pine Siskins typically breed in coniferous forests, although they are often found in mixed forests in the Puget Trough. During migration and winter, they can be found in many types of semi-open areas, including forest edges and weedy fields. back to top Behavior - Pine Siskins form flocks year round, and winter flocks may be quite large. They can be very common at bird feeders in urban areas. More

The Pine Siskin, Carduelis pinus, is a small finch. Contents - * 1 Description * 2 Distribution and habitat * 3 Behavior * 3. More

definitely typical Pine Siskins at an extreme of variation to add confusion. Though I think there is only one green morph, there is the possibility that two birds are present. siskin_pine_moonpa_20080117_50d1_6514w.jpg pinesiskin_taildetail_moonpa_20080117_50d1_6519w.jpg siskin_pine_moonpa_20080111_50d1_5890w. More

Pine Siskin’s came to visit. I at first thought they were the Goldfinches back to visit. After I got my binoculars out, I noticed the birds were different. After snapping some pictures, I got the bird book out and sure enough, something I have not seen as of yet! Pine Siskin’s are suppose to be common, but this is the first time I seen one, well actually two! From the photo they look like a couple of male adults. More

The Pine Siskin has a very large range estimated at roughly 7,800,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found the United States, Mexico, Canada and Saint Pierre and Miquelon. Its preferred habitats include forests and shrublands as well as rural gardens and plantations. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 22,000,000 individual birds. It is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. More

Pine Siskin was recorded on all 44 counts (Figure 16). Pine Siskins nest in low to moderate densities throughout much of the count circle, particularly where there are Monterey pines or Douglas firs. It is unknown if breeding birds are resident. Wintering siskins occur throughout the forested areas of the circle, but especially in association with Douglas fir, Monterey and ponderosa pine, and alder. More

Pine Siskin: Eats seeds of alders, birches, spruce, and other trees; also feeds on thistle and other weed seeds, forbs, buds, insects, and spiders. Attracted to salt licks and salt treated highways in the winter; sometimes drinks sap at drill wells created by sapsuckers; forages in trees and on the ground. More

* The Pine Siskin is the commonest of the irruptive "winter finches." For an example of a siskin irruption, based on BirdSource Winter Finch Survey data, click here. * The Pine Siskin is gregarious even in the breeding season. It nests in loose colonies, and pairs may visit one another's nests. The nest is defended against other siskins primarily during egg laying and incubation. More

* Pine Siskin videos on the Internet Bird Collection * Pine Siskin photo gallery VIREO This entry is from Wikipedia, the leading user-contributed encyclopedia. More

Pine SiskinMention the name and those familiar with this songbird conjure an image of this little acrobat hanging upside down in an evergreen tree picking seeds from a pine cone. The soundtrack to this mental movie contains the signature vocalization that indicates a Pine Siskin is nearby: a buzzy, raspy More

Pine SiskinThe Pine Siskin belongs to the finch family of birds. This bird is very social all throughout the year. They fly in large flocks with a distinct undulating flight. The Pine Siskin is a small finch measuring in at 11-14 cm (4-6 in), with a wingspan of 18-22 cm (7-9 in) and a weight of 12-18 grams. The Pine Siskin is generally brown all over but with heavy yellow streaking. Its belly and chest are a bit paler than its back. More

Pine Siskin Irruption 2008-2009 Return to Index Page More

Pine Siskin Pine Siskin Because Pine Siskins do not have a fixed migration pattern, they cannot be predicted to arrive at any particular location at any particular time or season. There are some siskins that have a tendency to return to a particular breeding ground. But if food is not readily available, they move to another location. We typically have a couple Pine Siskins during the breeding season as there is an abundant supply of sunflower chips from our feeders. More

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My first pine siskin of the season. More

The pine siskin has a brown rounded crown, a white-eye ring, sharply pointed brown beak, and has a brown tail with yellow spots. Its feet are brown with pointed toes. The siskin has a notched tail and is heavily streaked. It is small, dark, and striped throughout the body. The Siskin is four and a half to 5 inches long, and is mostly brown. It is prey for larger birds and other animals. Males have yellow spots on its wing and tail. More

The pine siskins are here at last! Dozens of them at a time overtake the thistle socks and the Ultimate Platform Feeder, crowding in there with just as many American goldfinches. I’d almost given up hope on seeing these guys. More

All year round, Pine Siskins live here in abundance where I reside in the Fraser Canyon of British Columbia. / Their breeding habitat is across Canada, Alaska and the western mountains and northern parts of the United States. The nest is well-hidden on a horizontal branch of a tree, often a conifer. These birds forage in trees, shrubs and weeds. More

Pine SiskinPine Siskin Pine Siskins are approximately 5 inches (13 centimeters) in length. A small streaky finch with a pale, thin, pointed bill, Pine Siskins have dark wings and a tail that has a variable amount of yellow. The Pine Siskin is a highly social bird and can often be found at feeders in large flocks or mixed with winter flocks of American Goldfinches. More

The Pine Siskin, a member of the finch family, is closely related to the Redpoll and the Goldfinches. The Siskin is an irruptive species that can be common in some winters throughout most of North America and even into Mexico. Even though these birds occur across North America, many have never seen this bird, or having seen it, did not realize it as a distinct species. More

Pine Siskin Moving around in response to available food supplies, the Pine Siskin may or may not be seen in the same spot. In the East and Midwest, you may have many of these birds at your feeder one year and quite possibly none the next. Description - Similar to the goldfinch in appearance and song, the Pine Siskin is 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches in length. Brown-streaked above and lightly streaked underparts. More

Pine Siskins stick together in large flocks, even during breeding season, and use their numbers to help protect one another's nests. Perhaps due to the cold climates in which they breed, the female spends as much as 90% of her time on the actual nest incubating the eggs. The male will bring her food. Of interest, and possibly again due to the cold, hatchlings have a thin downy coat when they're born (as opposed to many songbirds who are born naked). More

Sound: The Pine Siskins call is a loud “chlee-ip” and a light “tit-i-tit’ or “zwee-e-e-e-t.” and usually heard as the flock is flying. Preferred Environment: As its name suggests, the Pine Siskins typically breed in the coniferous woods. but they are can also be found in mixed forests in the Puget Trough. During migration, they can be seen in semi-open areas, including forest edges and weedy fields. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Fringillidae
Genus : Carduelis
Species : pinus
Authority : (Wilson, 1810)