The scientific journal Animal Conservation
has decided to feature
an RSI article
in its April 2020 issue!
Photo Leonel Ovalle-Moleiro
The Red Siskin Conservation Center in Venezuela
has received the first bird rescued from illegal trafficking
Video: Jhonathan Miranda
The first Red Siskin chick born at the Front
Royal campus of Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
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.