Finches (Fringillidae)

Andean Siskin (Carduelis spinescens) - HBW 15, p. 549

French: Chardonneret des Andes German: Andenzeisig Spanish: Jilguero Andino

Taxonomy: Chrysomitris spinescens Bonaparte, 1850, Bogotá, Colombia.
May form a superspecies with C. yarrellii. Has recently been proposed that this species be placed in genus Spinus or Sporagra, and revision may be justifiable as phylogenetic analysis indicates that South American siskins are only distantly related to the two Holarctic species, but comprehensive review of all species currently included within present genus is required in order to determine true relationships. Proposed race capitanea, described from San Miguel (Santa Marta Mts), in N Colombia, is treated as a synonym of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • spinescens ( Bonaparte, 1850) - Colombia (Santa Marta Mts, Sierra de Perijá and E Andes) and W & N Venezuela (probably Sierra de Perijá; N Andes in Trujillo, Mérida and Táchira; also NE Aragua).
  • nigricauda ( Chapman, 1912) - W Colombia (W & C Andes S from N Antioquia) S to N Ecuador (Carchi).