olivaceous siskin

Olivaceous Siskin (Spinus olivacea)

Order: Passeriformes Family: Fringillidae IUCN Status: Least Concern

olivaceous siskin
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Sucumbíos, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Pasco, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Male and  Female| Loc. Southeast Peru

olivaceous siskin
Age: Adult | Sex: Males and Females | Loc. Sucumbíos, Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~10.5 cm (4.1 in). The male Olivaceous Siskin has a black head and a yellow-olive mantle mottled with dusky. The underparts, rump, uppertail coverts, and base of the tail feathers are yellow with a hint of olive. The female lacks a black head and is mostly yellow olive. In both sexes, the wing is dusky with a broad yellow band along the middle. The bill is conical and pointy. It favors the edges and shrubbery or humid montane forest. It is very similar to the Hooded Siskin but is distinguished by being yellow with a tinge of olive, ranging at lower elevations, and by being associated with edges, shrubbery, and disturbed humid montane forest.

Status: The Olivaceous Siskin in generally uncommon but can also be rare at elevations ranging between 1100-2700 m on the east slope of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Jilguero Oliváceo.

Sub-species: Olivaceous Siskin (Spinus olivacea), Berlepsch and Stolzmann, 1894.

Meaning of Name: Spinus: Gr. Spinos= unidentified bird mentioned in ancient Greek writing, usually treated as a type of finch. olivacea: Mod. L. olivaceus= olive-green, olivaceous.

Formerly known as Sporagra olivacea (2018).

See more of the Family Fringillidae   peru aves

Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2016.