Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several small finches, such as Carduelis spinus, a greenish-yellow finch of Eurasia related to the goldfinch, or the pine siskin of North America.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small green and yellow European finch, Carduelis Spinus spinus or Carduelis spinus.
  • n. Any of various similar birds in the genera Carduelis and Serinus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small green and yellow European finch (Spinus spinus, or Carduelis spinus); -- called also aberdevine.
  • n. The American pinefinch (S. pinus); -- called also pine siskin. See pinefinch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small fringilline bird, Chrysomitris (or Spinus) spinus, related to the goldfinch, inhabiting the temperate parts of the Palearctic region; the aberdevine or blackheaded thistlefinch; the tarin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small yellow-and-black Eurasian finch with a sharp beak

Etymologies

Obsolete Dutch sīsken, from alteration of Middle Dutch, diminutive of sīs, from Middle Low German csītze, probably from Czech číž, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From dialectal German Sisschen, Zeischen, diminutive form of Middle High German zisec, apparently ultimately from Proto-Slavic (compare e.g. Polish czyżik). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Adult male Ethiopian black-headed siskin, Serinus nigriceps, also known as the Ethiopian siskin or (African/Abyssinian) black-headed siskin, or the black-headed serin, photographed at Bale Mountains, Ethiopia (Africa).

    Mystery bird: Abyssinian siskin, Serinus nigriceps

  • Response: This is adult male black-headed siskin, Serinus nigriceps.

    Mystery bird: Abyssinian siskin, Serinus nigriceps

  • Some bird was active in the bush behind me, a siskin, I supposed, or possibly a thrush.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Another round of the finch-siskin-junco with added! chickadees turmoil in our side yard.

    Warmer

  • Nevertheless, the area is considered an Endemic Bird Area by BirdLife International, and is home to a number of true fynbos species such as the Cape sugarbird (Promerops cafer), the orange-breasted sunbird (Nectarinia violacea), the Protea canary (Serinus leucopterus) and the Cape siskin (Serinus totta).

    Biological diversity in the Cape Floristic Region

  • Examples are buff-breasted tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus mirandae), white-winged cotinga (Xipholena atropurpurea), seven-colored tanager (Tangara fastuosa), and yellow-faced siskin (Carduelis yarrellii).

    Pernambuco interior forests

  • Restricted-range birds in this ecoregion include the Santa Barbara screech-owl (Otus barbarus), belted flycatcher (Xenotriccus callizonus), pink-heade warbler (Ergaticus versicolor), and black-capped siskin (Carduelis atriceps) classified as near threatened.

    Central American pine-oak forests

  • With respect to fauna, the most notable avian endemisms are those relating to the red siskin (Carduelis cucullata), a small bird with bright red and black plumage that is considered one of the most threatened species in Venezuela.

    Paraguana xeric scrub

  • Mrs D is hoping that siskins will return this year - there has already been a much greater influx of all the finches including siskin than usual into Southern England.

    Feed the Birds

  • If a siskin or a chaffinch could have spoken, and had begun declaring that it would peck another bird to death, it would not have reduced me to greater amazement than did Ivan at that moment.

    A Desperate Character

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  • "Midspring brings with it singing birds, six kinds (finch, siskin, ibis, tit, pipit, swift), whistling shrill chirps, trilling chirr chirr in high pitch."
    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 52

    May 21, 2010

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    July 13, 2008