Have you recently spotted a zesty-toned visitor in your garden? This Siskin bird guide will fill you in on everything you need to know.
The male Siskin species have black heads and bright yellow and black feathers. If you spot a female, they’ll be more dull in colour but a similar size and shape. You’ll find some of these colourful birds migrate south in the winter away from where the weather’s harsher, but they’ll be back in plenty of time to start their breeding season which runs between April and August. You should consider a great seed mix to keep them energized throughout the year. They typically lay two broods of 4 or 5 eggs which are either blue or white with brown spots. Their nests are made high up in conifer trees, crafted from twigs and grass.
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Siskins are much smaller than Greenfinches. Adult males have black crowns and bright yellow and black plumage. Females don't have the black crowns and have duller colourings.
Most of the UK, some migrate to the south in winter.
Woodland and gardens
Siskins breeding season is between April and August. They typically lay two broods of 4-5 blue/white eggs with brown spots. Nests are made of twigs, rootlets and grass and are usually located high in the branches of Conifer trees.