Tibetan serin

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Tibetan serin
Tibetan Siskin Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary 11.03.2013.jpg
Female Tibetan serin from Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Sikkim, India.
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Serinus (but see text)
Species: S. thibetanus
Binomial name
Serinus thibetanus
(Hume, 1872)
Synonyms

Carduelis thibetana

The Tibetan serin (Serinus thibetanus) or Tibetan siskin, is a true finch species (family Fringillidae).

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

This species was formerly placed in Carduelis.

Description[edit]

Size(head, body and tail) of this species is around 12 cm. Tibetan siskin lacks yellow panels on wing in all plumages. Adult male has olive-greenish upperparts, yellow underparts, yellowish-green rump, yellow supercilium and border behind ear-coverts. Wing and tail feather of this bird species are broadly differentiated by yellowish-green color. While females of this species has black streaking on darker greyish-green upperparts, more clearly defined wing-bars than their male counterparts, paler yellowish throat and black flanked breast with streaking. Juveniles are duller green, tinged brownish-buff on upperparts, with duller rump, buff fringes to greater coverts and paler or heavily streaked underparts.

Distribution[edit]

Country wise it is found in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, and Nepal. Its natural habitat is temperate forests. In winters this species spent in central and eastern Himalaya. A group of birders from West Bengal found its presence in Hee Village near Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Sikkim, India in the month of March 2013.

Habitat[edit]

Tibetan serin generally breed in mixed forest and spend their winter in alder.

Voice[edit]

Their soft chattering sound is much like twang twang.

Phylogeny[edit]

It has been obtained by Antonio Arnaiz-Villena et al.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Serinus thibetanus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Arnaiz-Villena, Antonio; Alvarez-Tejado M.; Ruiz-del-Valle V.; García-de-la-Torre C.; Varela P; Recio M. J.; Ferre S.; Martinez-Laso J. (1999). "Rapid Radiation of Canaries (Genus Serinus)". Mol. Biol. Evol. 16:2–11.