Hooded Siskin
Hooded Siskin

Hooded Siskin

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The hooded siskin (Spinus magellanicus) is a small passerine bird in the finch family(Fringillidae), native to South America. It belongs to the putative clade of Neotropical siskin in the genusSpinus sensu lato.

Description:

The male is largely green above and yellow below with a black head. It has a narrow yellow collar and a yellow rump. The tail is black with yellow sides to the base and the wings are black with a broad yellow band. Females are duller with a green-brown head, yellow-green breast and sides and a whitish belly.

Breeding:

Breeding is last spring or early summer. Three eggs are laid and are incubated for approximately two weeks. Since they are shy birds, when bred in captivity, it is best to provide a covered nest with nesting material.

Interesting facts:

The twittering song may be uttered from a perch or in flight. It is varied and fast, and may contain imitations of other birds.

Diet:
 Paradise Earth Premium Finch Blend fresh greens and insects during breeding season.