A Male European Serin

Serinus serinus

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A male European Serin, Serinus serinus

      This is a beautiful picture, and clearly shows the close kinship this species, Serinus serinus, has to our domestic canaries. In fact, they were once considered to be the same species, but genetic testing eventually proved the difference, slight though it is.

      This is a male Serin, and if you compare him to the previous picture of a hen serin, you will note that his colour is more intensive, and his body appears slimmer, due to the difference in their feathering. Notable are the lack of striations on the flanks, and the male's distinct 'eyebrows'.

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Last update June 6, 2013.

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