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Spinus spinus


Small, discreet but attractive finch, slightly smaller than sparrow. Male (pics N° 1, 2, 3 and 5) is of an golden yellow appearance overall - it sports bright yellow breast, face, rump and wing bars; with black crown. Rest of the body is whitish-brown. Female (pic N° 4) is more discreet, and does not show that much yellow.


Very discreet bird, likes hiding in the canopy - here, observed in a protected marshy woodlands, mainly broadleaved woods. Marshes are at outskirts of a small town, in Geneva lake valley, at feet of Jura range.


Apparently, earlier it was the counted as Carduelis spinus (in all of my books for example), while these days I'm finding it under new genus, Spinus sp.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Divonne-les-Bains, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Spotted on Feb 7, 2021
Submitted on Feb 16, 2021

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