• Eurasian Siskin (Non-breeding plumage)
    Eurasian Siskin (Non-breeding plumage) (Mike Pope)
Eurasian Siskin (Non-breeding plumage)
Scientific Name 
Carduelis spinus
Arabic Name 
الحسون الشوكي
Kuwaiti name 
12.0 cm
Least Concern


Rare winter visitor. A northern forest bird that may reach Kuwait irregularly, perhaps during severe winter weather. Populations and winter dispersal movements vary greatly from year to year in this species.
Where in Kuwait 
Almost all records are from the west of Kuwait at Al Abraq.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and in Europe, trends since 1980 show that populations have undergone a moderate decline. It is very common throughout Europe and Asia. These birds have an unusual migration pattern as every few years in winter they migrate southwards in large numbers. The reasons for this behavior are not known but may be related to climatic factors and above all the availability of food. It is an acrobatic feeder, often hanging upside-down like a Tit.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation, trapping and indiscriminate shooting.