Red-fronted Serin

Serinus pusillus

Armenian Name: Կարմրաճակատ սերինոս
Red-fronted Serin

See Plate 55 for Red-fronted Serin and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:12 cm, Wing Span:21-23 cm
Distribution Map: Map 316.
Description: Small and streaky with yellow stripes along primaries and edge of tail.
Adult (Breeding): Male has sooty-black head and breast, and a fiery-red forecrown. Female has a small red forehead patch, is grayer overall with streaked rump.
Adult (Non-breeding): Similar to breeding female.
Behavior: Forms flocks outside breeding season. During heavy snow, forages on vertical cliffs.
Habitat: Steep arid mountain slopes with open deciduous or juniper woods. In winter, river valleys, orchards, semidesert.
Food: Seeds, some invertebrates.
Nest: Cup of grass and stems in rock crevice or dense shrub.
Eggs: 17 mm, 3-5, bluish-white, pink spots and lines.