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Birding Málaga


Common name European serin
Scientific name Serinus serinus
Type Forest birds
Status Resident

Small bird (about 11 cm or 4.5 in). Broad and short bill, tail with marked notch on the end. Green-yellowish plumage in general with darker vertical stripes and spots. Lighter belly. Males with head and breast more yellow than females, of a more greyish colour. Both sexes have the front part of the tail of intense yellow colour.


Woodland environment

Where it lives

Little dense mixed forests and agricultural countryside. To breed it preferably chooses olive groves and fruit orchards. Present also in parks and gardens.

How it lives

Resident species in the province all year round. It starts breeding in March, with two annual layings of 3 to 5 eggs. Nest in trees. Granivorous feeding: seeds, buds and herbs, complementing the diet with insects during the breeding season and with fleshy fruits in autumn. Gregarious habits in winter. Present in mixed bands with linnets, goldfinches and greenfinches.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

It is a common and frequent bird throughout the Great Path.

Curious facts

European serins or "chamarices", as they are known in Malaga, are one of the first birds that announce the spring. The picture of a serin perched on a wire or on top of the tree canopy, exhibiting its colourful green and yellow plumage and its characteristic song, is typical of the Malaga countryside.

Wintering Summer Resident Migration