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Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)
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Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)

General Description: Pine Siskins (Spinus pinus) are small finches of the high mountains with narrow, pointed bills and a bit of yellow on the wings and base of the tail. In addition, Pine Siskins are heavily streaked and have a deeply notched tail.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Fringillidae, Carduelinae. Formerly Carduelis pinus.

Favored Habitat: High-elevation mountain forests with pine and fir trees.

Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)

Where to Find: Mt. Charleston, high in the Sheep Range, and other high mountain areas.

Comments:

Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus) If you were a tasty bug or a little seed, this might be the last face you ever see!
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
Pine Siskin at a seed feeder showing yellow in the wings and tail
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
Pine Siskin with heavily streaked front
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
Pine Siskin showing only a little yellow. Note the gray color, streaking, and finely pointed bill
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
Pine Siskin and Lesser Goldfinch on sock-type thistle feeder. Notice the black and white wing pattern, with a hint of yellow, on the siskin.
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
Pine Siskin getting ready for a bath in a mountain spring
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
Pine Siskin in flight; notice the yellow wing bars
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus) Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus) Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus) Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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