pine siskin

noun

Definition of pine siskin

: a North American finch (Carduelis pinus of the family Fringillidae) with streaked plumage

Examples of pine siskin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Being seen are representatives from eight finch species: pine siskin, common redpoll, hoary redpoll, purple finch, pine grosbeak, evening grosbeak, red crossbill, and white-winged crossbill, plus red-breasted nuthatch. Star Tribune, "This winter looks to be a banner year for irruptive boreal birds," 22 Dec. 2020 For lesser gold finch, American gold finch and pine siskin, use Nyjer seed in a screen feeder. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Create a home for birds, a new world for yourself," 10 June 2019 Sometimes pine siskins can stage a full-fledged invasion, dominating the feeder activity as large flocks of dozens of birds show up all at once. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "American goldfinches sport a new look this time of year | Charlotte Observer," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pine siskin

1887, in the meaning defined above

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26 Dec 2020

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“Pine siskin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pine%20siskin. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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