Pine Siskin in Winter

pine siskin perched on a branch with berries in winter
Pine siskin. Photo by Ann Spiers.

Appearance: The pine siskin is a small brown bird about 5″ long with streaks on the back, breast, and belly. There’s faint yellow in the wing bars at end of the tail. The female is similar but has less yellow on the wings and tail.

Winter diet: Seeds.

Winter feeder food: Nyjer, black-oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, and suet.

Winter habitat: Pine siskins expand their range considerably during winter and inhabit all US states, the southern parts of Canada, and even Mexico. They prefer open areas and wooded edges.

Range Map

Pine siskin range map.
Pine siskin range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.