Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)

Pine Siskin
Pine Siskin - CSU San Bernardino
© Tom Benson
Pine Siskin
Pine Siskin - CSU San Bernardino
© Tom Benson

The Pine Siskin is a casual visitor to campus, with at least seven records from October to April. It is an uncommon breeding resident in the mountains of southern California, and a rare and irregular fall and winter visitor to lower elevations.

Pine Siskins are overall streaky brown, with yellow edges to the primaries (long, outer wing feathers), and a small, pointed, conical bill. It is probably best identified by its call, a long, rising 'zzzhrrreeee.'


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