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Bird name:

Serin

Serinus serinus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Finches (Fringillidae)

BTO 2

NS

BTO 5

SERIN

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Serin is an uncommon visitor to southern England and has occasionally bred there. The conservation status for this species is "not assessed' in the UK because it only occurs as a casual migrant.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Serin: Small, active finch. Forehead, throat, breast, and rump are bright yellow; crown and cheeks are brown. Upperparts are streaked green and brown, underparts are white with brown streaks on the breast and flanks. Brown wings have yellow wing bars. Bill is grey to pink, legs and feet are pink.


Range and Habitat

Serin: Rare spring and fall migrant, usually seen in eastern or southern England. Breeds from the south of Sweden to North Africa and east to Israel and Russia. Northern birds migrate south for the winter, coastal birds are mostly resident. Prefers open woodland and farmland, parks and orchards.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Jean Roche Sound

Serin 3

  • Title: Serin 3
  • Description: Typical song.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Serin 4

  • Title: Serin 4
  • Description: "Chit-chit" calls.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Serin 5

  • Title: Serin 5
  • Description: "Trill-it" contact call.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Serin 6

  • Title: Serin 6
  • Description: Flight calls.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Serin 7

  • Title: Serin 7
  • Description: "Tseet" alarm calls.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Jean Roche Similar Sounding

Common Redpoll 1

  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Title: Common Redpoll 1
  • Description: Trilled notes with whistles.
  • Location: uk
  • Date: "February 7, 2011"

Corn Bunting 4

  • Title: Corn Bunting 4
  • Description: Song is a mix of sharp and liquid notes.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Voice Text

"tirrillilit", "titteree", " tirrup", "tsooee", "tsswee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Serin has been slowly spreading north through Europe more than for 200 years. First reported breeding in Dorset in 1967.
  • It is closely related to the canary and is the smallest European finch.
  • The buzzing trill of this bird has been described as "crushing glass" and is a familiar sound in Mediterranean countries.
  • A group of finches has many collective nouns, including a "charm", "company", and "trembling" of finches.

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