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European Serin

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Photo by Gwynn Austria, April 2009
Photo by Gwynn
Austria, April 2009
Serinus serinus


[edit] Identification

5 in (11-12 cm)

  • Grey green above with dark streaks
  • Yellow rump
  • Yellow breast with streaks
  • White belly with heavy streaks


  • Brighter yellow face and breast
  • Yellow wing bars
  • Yellow sides to tail
Probable femalePhoto by Kevin WadeMarbella, Spain, May 2013
Probable female
Photo by Kevin Wade
Marbella, Spain, May 2013

[edit] Distribution

Western Palearctic: resident in the area around the Mediterranean, migrant breeder further north.
North Africa: resident in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, but supplemented with migrants in winter.
Europe: resident in Portugal, Spain, parts of France, Italy, and the Balkans, and summer migrant to rest of France, Central Europe, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, and in small numbers to Denmark and Sweden. In the UK is common on passage and a rare breeder.
Middle East: resident in parts of Turkey, Lebanon, and Israel, with other parts of Turkey only visited in summer and with winter migrants in larger parts of the Middle East.

Photo by the late Jim WoodDonana, Spain, 2009
Photo by the late Jim Wood
Donana, Spain, 2009

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Open mixed woodlands, parks and gardens.

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[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It nests in a shrub or tree. The clutch consists of 3-5 eggs.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes mainly seeds; insects are also taken in the breeding season.

[edit] Vocalisation

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Beaman, M., S. Madge, K.M. Olsen. 1998. Fuglene i Europa, Nordafrika og Mellemøsten. Copenhagen, Denmark: Gads Forlag, ISBN 87-12-02276-4
  4. Svensson, Mullarney, Zetterström 2009. Birds of Europe, second edition. Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford. ISBN 978-0-691-14392-7

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