BIRD OF THE WEEK — PINE SISKIN — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

PINE SISKIN

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Spinus pinus 
POPULATION: 35 million
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Coniferous and mixed forests, alder thickets, and brushy pastures.

The streaky brown Pine Siskin is a “goldfinch in disguise,” with only touches of the bright yellow plumage worn by its close relatives, the American Goldfinch and Brazil’s Yellow-faced Siskin. 

This species is one of the most common of the “winter finches,” a group of birds such as the Evening Grosbeak that sometimes wander far south of their usual wintering grounds. 

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