Black-headed siskin

Black headed siskin
Black headed siskin

Black Headed Yellow Siskin Info

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Carduelis magellanica

Natural Distribution and Habitat

Native to Columbia and Venezuela they inhabit weeded savanna, surrounded by rainforest.

Diet for Black headed Yellow Siskin

Seed– A good quality canary mix with a supplement of niger seed in a separate dish which should be available at all times. Be wary of some super market mixed as these birds do not do well on a low grade mix if you are unsure ask your local bird expert.

Millet sprays– A fresh millet, preffered millet sprays are french white.

Greens– important for yellow siskins supply seeding grasses, chickweed, thistle, clover, dandelion, endive, silver beet and broccoli.

Vitamin supplement– Add via the water supply

Egg and biscuit– An important protein supplement for yellow siskin’s especially when breeding.

Live food- gentles, meal worms and fly pupae

Grit– Use a proper fine finch grit with charcoal, baked egg shell, crushed cuttle bone, shell and limestone.

clover a great supplement for your siskins diet
hooded siskin
hooded siskin

Breeding Black Headed Yellow Siskin

Yellow Siskins will nest in cup nests 45 mm across the same as Canary nests, place them high in the cage be sure to provide nesting material.  Just like Canaries siskins use coconut fibres, soft bark to nest with they may also use a small amount of grass stems as well.  The hen will do most of the nest building and lay around 3 bluish white eggs with an incubation period of 13 days.  During the breeding process it is important to add extra egg and biscuit formula and life food.  The hen alone will incubate the eggs.  The chicks will leave the nest when they are about 3 weeks old and continue to be fed by the parents for a further 3 weeks.

Sexing Black Headed yellow Siskin


The males head and throat is black where the head and neck is a grey colour.