Local Name (Spain): Verdecillo ("Greenish")
OTHER NAMES: Serin
The vibrant colours might give it away, but this species is a close relation of the Canary. It is found widely throughout almost all of Europe, although it is largely absent from Scandinavia and the British Isles, favouring more of a Mediterranean habitat. In Spain it is fairly common resident found in a variety of habitats up to and including inner-city parks. I saw a good number across the holiday, but how readily I could get views of them depended very much on where they were - urban birds being less shy than rural. Prior to seeing them in Spain, I did look for this species in the UK as it is a rare breeding species and vagrant, but failed to locate them each time.
Subspecies: None - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Common to locally abundant resident- MADRID 2015 TRIP: Common at various locations including El Retiro and Patones
- MADRID 2016 TRIP: Fairly common throughout, particularly noted at El Pardo
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List