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Birds - Pine Siskin
Class:Aves Order:Passeriformes Family:Fringillidae


Pine Siskin, Carduelis pinus. Small brown birds with a white streaked belly and breast. They also have a bit of yellow in the wings and tails. Deforestation has subjected the Pine siskin to Cowbirds and their populations have declined in the last fifty years. They eat seeds, plants, and insects and prefer forested areas. I orignially thought this Pine Siskin was a female House Finch. The easiest way to distinguish between the two is by looking at the beak. The beak of the House Finch is rounder and curved while the Siskin's is straight and pointy. The Siskin also has a bit of yellow on the wings and is smaller than House Finches AND Goldfinches. I was told that they are intermittent visitors to Kansas City birdfeeders, depending on how successful they are at finding food in the North.

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