• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

European Serin - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Gwynn
Austria, April 2009
Serinus serinus


5 in (11-12 cm)

  • Grey green above with dark streaks
  • Yellow rump
  • Yellow breast with streaks
  • White belly with heavy streaks


  • Brighter yellow face and breast
  • Yellow wing bars
  • Yellow sides to tail
Probable female
Photo by Kevin Wade
Marbella, Spain, May 2013


Western Palearctic: resident in the area around the Mediterranean, migrant breeder further north.
North Africa: resident in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, but supplemented with migrants in winter.
Europe: resident in Portugal, Spain, parts of France, Italy, and the Balkans, and summer migrant to rest of France, Central Europe, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, and in small numbers to Denmark and Sweden. In the UK is common on passage and a rare breeder.
Middle East: resident in parts of Turkey, Lebanon, and Israel, with other parts of Turkey only visited in summer and with winter migrants in larger parts of the Middle East.

Photo by the late Jim Wood
Donana, Spain, 2009


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open mixed woodlands, parks and gardens.


Click on images to enlarge



It nests in a shrub or tree. The clutch consists of 3-5 eggs.


The diet includes mainly seeds; insects are also taken in the breeding season.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Beaman, M., S. Madge, K.M. Olsen. 1998. Fuglene i Europa, Nordafrika og Mellemøsten. Copenhagen, Denmark: Gads Forlag, ISBN 87-12-02276-4
  4. Svensson, Mullarney, Zetterström 2009. Birds of Europe, second edition. Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford. ISBN 978-0-691-14392-7

Recommended Citation

External Links

GSearch checked for 2020 platform.1