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Citril Finch

From Opus

Photo by Momo Chandolin, VS, Switzerland, December 2006
Photo by Momo
Chandolin, VS, Switzerland, December 2006
Carduelis citrinella

Serinus citrinella


[edit] Identification

12 cm

  • Grey upperparts
  • Grey hind-neck
  • Brown-tinged, black streaked back
  • Yellow underparts
  • Yellow double wing bars
  • Yellow rump
  • Yellow face mask

Sexes similar.

They are small finches, not unlike a European Greenfinch, in that the males are generally green.
If seen well, this is not a difficult species to identify.

[edit] Distribution

Southwestern Europe.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Corsican Finch is sometimes considered to be a subspecies of this species. This view is supported by a recent genetic study (Förschler et al. 2009).

[edit] Habitat

Mountains, coniferous forests and alpine meadows.

[edit] Behaviour

They nest in conifers.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Wikipedia

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