The Red Siskin Conservation Center in Venezuela
has received the first bird rescued from illegal trafficking
Video: Jhonathan Miranda
from coffee by the Associated Press and the Washington Post
In Venezuela, an endangered songbird gets a boost
Red Siskin Distribution
Once abundant across northern Venezuela, today it is a very rare bird.
An iconic but threatened bird
The Red Siskin has been an inspiration for generations of Venezuelan singers, poets and painters.
With its unmistakable red and black color, the beautiful Red Siskin once flew the skies of northern South America in large flocks.
Today, it is one of the most threatened animals in the region, surviving only in a few small and isolated groups.
Sadly, it is now easier to find it pictured on Venezuelan currency than in its natural habitats.
The Red Siskin, Spinus cucullatus, is legally protected in all countries where it has occurred naturally.
The Red Siskin is Endangered in Venezuela and has been classified as Endangered Internationally since 1952. It is also listed in CITES Appendix I and was one of the original species to be included on the US Endangered Species Act.
Several zoos are working to rescue confiscated Red Siskins and to establish new populations in captivity for their future reintroduction into the wild.