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Hooded Siskin

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MalePhoto © by luisrock62 Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Photo © by luisrock62
Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spinus magellanicus

Carduelis magellanica


[edit] Identification

10–12 cm (4-4¾ in)

  • Greenish-yellow overall plumage
  • Black head, wings and tail

Females are duller with a greenish-olive upperparts, yellowish-green breast and sides.

[edit] Distribution

Female, subspecies ictericusPhoto © by Celso ParisSorocaba, Sao Paulo, SE Brazil, 2017
Female, subspecies ictericus
Photo © by Celso Paris
Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, SE Brazil, 2017

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly placed in genus Carduelis.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 11 subspecies including the Santa Cruz Siskin, S. m. santaecrucis, of central and eastern Bolivia which is sometimes considered to be a separate species.

  • S. m. capitalis: Mountains of extreme southern Colombia to Ecuador and north-western Peru
  • S. m. longirostris: South East Venezuela to Guyana and northern Brazil
  • S. m. paulus: Tropical and subtropical southern Ecuador and western Peru (south to Arequipa)
  • S. m. peruanus: Tropical and subtropical central Peru (Huánuco to Ayacucho and Cuzco)
  • S. m. urubambensis: Temperate southern Peru (Cuzco) to northern Chile (Tarapacá)
  • S. m. bolivianus: Temperate central and southern Bolivia
  • S. m. tucumanus: North West Argentina (Jujuy, Santiago and Santa Fe to Mendoza)
  • S. m. santaecrucis: East foothills of Andes of Bolivia (Santa Cruz)
  • S. m. alleni: South East Bolivia to Paraguay, north-eastern Argentina and southern Brazil
  • S. m. ictericus: South East Brazil (Minas Gerais) to Paraguay and extreme north-eastern Argentina
  • S. m. magellanicus: Uruguay and eastern Argentina (southern Corrientes to RĂ­o Negro)

[edit] Habitat

Woodland, savannas, scrubland, farmland, parks and gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet consists mainly of seeds together with buds, leaves and some insects.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)

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