Pine Siskin

Prone to irruptions in wintertime, Pine Siskins are cute little nomads whose range spans throughout the United States and Canada. Watch for them in large flocks.


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Pine Siskin
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Pine Siskin
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Pine Siskin
Pine Siskin


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Karen Folsom Pine Siskin

Scientific Name: Spinus pinus.
Family: Finch.
Length: 5 inches.
Wingspan: 9 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Brown-streaked body and touches of yellow on wings and tail.
Nest: Female builds a shallow nest of twigs and grasses, lined with fur or feathers and lays three to five pale green-blue eggs inside.
Voice: Canary-like calls range from a tuneful “sweeet” to a harsh rising “zzzzz” sound.
Habitat: Backyards and coniferous forests.
Diet: Seeds, nuts, vegetable shoots, rock salt as well as insects.
Backyard Favorites: Nyjer and cracked sunflower seeds.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Pine Siskin’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Pine Siskin Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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