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Eurasian Siskin

Spinus spinus

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Fairly common in mixed and coniferous woodland and forest, especially with spruce trees; also found in parks and gardens, and visits seed feeders. Often in flocks, mainly in autumn–winter; feeds especially on alder and birch catkins, often with redpolls. Male is attractive and distinctive, with yellow face and breast offset by black cap and small chin patch. Female streaky overall, often with yellowish tones; note especially the yellow wing and tail flashes of both sexes.

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