Serin Serinus serinus   [Linnaeus, 1766]

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Date created: 23-January-2017

Order: Passeriformes Family: Carduelidae
BTO Codes: NS, SERIN EURING No: 16400
Number in Britain: 66 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Least Concern
Global: Least Concern (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Scarce Breeder, Passage Visitor
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 12 cm Wingspan: 22 cm Weight: M/F: 13 g    
Scientific name from: French: serin=a canary
World Distribution: Europe, n Africa
Habitat: Open woodland, farmland
Diet: Seeds, occ. small invertebrates; principally in herbs and on ground
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Population and Distribution

Population Trend: No population trend available
Distribution: Atlas Mapstore   
British Population Size:
    Passage: 66 individuals
    Summer: 0 to . Pairs in
    First Record: Hampshire, 1852 [Fossil evidence from Hoxnian (penultimate) interglacial, c. 200,000 yr ago]
    First Breeding Record: Dorset 1967
    Latest Survey: Musgrove, A. et al. ((2013)) British Birds 106:64-100
Habitat Occupancy (in the Breeding Season):
    No habitat data from BBS
European Population Size:
    Summer: 8.3 to 20 million pairs   (Trend in Numbers)
Population Assesment from Birds in Europe
Distribution in Europe mapped by the EBCC Atlas
Listed on the Appendices/Schedules of: WCA(I,IV), Bern(II)
Survey Results:

Breeding and Survival

Egg Size: 16 x 12 mm Egg Weight: 1.2 g (of which 6 % is shell)
Number of Nest Records: 0
Clutch Size: 3 - 4 eggs
Incubation: 11- 13 days   by the: Female (occ. Male?)
Fledging: 13 - 18days as: Altricial, downy
First Clutches Laid: Does not breed in Britain, or too few Nest Records
Number of Broods: 2
Number Ringed: Annual Totals
Adult Survival: 0.600 ± 0.080       
Juvenile Survival: No data
Age at First Breeding: Typical Lifespan: No data
Maximum Age from Ringing: 0 years 0 months 5 days (set in 1993)
Read a summary of Ringing Recoveries


Ring Size: AA
Wing Length Sexually dimorphic (male much larger than female)
Male: Insufficient Data
Female: 69.8 ± 1.6 67 - 72 mm, N =28
Weight Sexually dimorphic (male much larger than female)
Male: Insufficient Data
Female: 10.95 ± 0.96 9.70 - 12.80 g , N =28
British Trust for Ornithology (2005) Ringing Scheme data

Other Names

European Serin
Gaelic: Welsh: Llinos Frech
Danish: Gulirisk Dutch: Europese kanarie
Finnish: Keltahemppo French: Serin cini
German: Girlitz Hungarian: Csicsörke
Icelandic: Gulfinka Irish: Seirín
Italian: Verzellino Norwegian: Gulirisk
Polish: Kulczyk zwyczajny Portuguese: Chamariz-comum
Spanish: Verdecillo Swedish: Gulhämpling

For More Information...

Books and Monographs:
   Newton, I. 1972 The finches Collins, London [598.982 NEW]
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