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Pine Siskin
Carduelis pinus

Finch-like Birds
Finch-like Birds (Fringillidae)

Size: Length: 11.5-13.5 cm

Description: Often traveling in large flocks, the pine siskin is a common summer resident. It is a small sparrow-like bird with a slightly longer beak. The upper surface is reddish-brown, streaked with black. There is a light eye-streak. the wings and tail are dark, with the yellow bases of many of the feathers showing. The tail is slightly forked. There are two white wing bands. The underside is white, streaked with dusky. They eat seeds collected from the ground, trees and backyard feeders. Their preferred habitat includes conifers, in particular lodgepole pine, spruce, subalpine fir and subalpine larch, from the montane to the subalpine. They usually nest in conifers, often in loose colonies. Pine siskins form large flocks, moving together as if with a single intelligence. Their call is a nasal, rising "zzzhhreee". They also sing a rapid series of notes, often resembling "zeet-zeet-zee-eet".

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