Citril Finch

Carduelis citrinella (Pallas, 1764) CITFI 16440
Family: Passeriformes > Fringillidae

Resembling a small Greenfinch, this normally mountain-dwelling species breeds across southern Europe, from Spain east to Austria.

Citril Finch was added to the British List following an individual that was trapped and ringed on Fair Isle in 2008.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
70 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
70 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Citril Finch is a very rare vagrant.

Weekly occurence of Citril Finch from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Citril Finch, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Catalan: llucareta europea
Czech: zvonohlík citronový
Danish: Citronsisken
Dutch: Citroensijs
Estonian: kuuse-koldvint
Finnish: sitruunahemppo
French: Venturon montagnard
German: Zitronenzeisig
Hungarian: citromcsicsörke
Icelandic: Næfurfinka
Italian: Venturone alpino
Latvian: citrongirlicis
Lithuanian: gelsvasis svilikelis
Norwegian: Sitronirisk
Polish: osetnik (zwyczajny)
Portuguese: milheirinha-serrano
Slovak: stehlík citrónový
Slovenian: konopeljšcica
Spanish: Verderón serrano
Swedish: citronsiska

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