Siskins are lively, little finches with forked tails and long narrow bills. The male has a streaky yellow-green body and a black crown and bib with yellow patches on the wings and tail. Female siskins are paler and don’t have a black cap.
Although they can be seen across the UK particularly in Scotland and Wales all year round, they are seen more widely in the winter when they are joined by birds from Europe.
They are acrobatic birds and can be seen using their feet to get at food particular seeds from conifers, alders and birch trees.
Siskins are most commonly seen in coniferous woodland but they can be enticed into gardens with seed feeders, particularly if winters are cold and you live near their natural habitats.