Pine Siskin Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Small, seed-eating bird
- Short, conical bill
- Brown upperparts with heavy streaking
- Pale underparts with heavy streaking
- Yellow patches in wings and tail-not always visible
- Short, forked tail
- Distinctive call note given in flight

Similar species
The Pine Siskin can be identified by its yellow patches in the wings and tail. When these are not visible, as on a perched bird, it can look like a sparrow. It is smaller than sparrows and lacks a pale supercilium.
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