Promoting only sustainable use of Red Siskins

Did you know that breeders from around the world have joined efforts to save the Red Siskin?

Thanks to our initial research findings, we now understand more about how unsustainable harvesting is structured, who is involved, and what their socio-economic motivations are. Our results identified that, among the actors involved, aviculturists have the knowledge and interest in birds that make them possible “seedbeds” of good practices for captive breeding.

We are currently joining allies around the world, committed to integrating expertise and disciplines to establish a plan to reduce the demand for wild red siskins and, in turn, to promote good practices for captive breeding within our aviculturists community.


Quantitative evidence to mitigate Red Siskin trafficking.

We have solid scientific evidence that we are using for the design and implementation of a Behavior Change Campaign aimed at discouraging the demand for Red Siskins and other wild birds and promoting attitudes towards their conservation.

We presented at AZA’s 2021 Annual Meeting! 

Our poster was entitled “Eliciting Conservation Behavior: An Evidence-Based Approach to Reduce Illegal Trade in the Red Siskin (Spinus cucullatus)” and we also presented a talk in the program session “Quantifying and Fighting the Illegal Wildlife Trade in Live Animals”. 

New document: “Sustainable management of songbirds: lessons learned from the Venezuelan Red Siskin”.

As part of the efforts of the Red Siskin Specialists and Aviculturists Network (ReSSAN) we have produced a draft handbook that gathers together the expertise and knowledge of experienced aviculturists, including Hugo Santana, Herminio Conca, Francisco Reyes and Roberto Jurado. 

We have new allies in Argentina!

Thanks to new funding from the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), RSI will collaborate with Fundación Temaikén in Argentina to understand the illegal trafficking networks of the Yellow-cardinal and the Red Siskin, in order to promote best practices and reduce the demand for them in the bird trade.

2020 – 2018

  • Thanks to funding from the Neotropical Bird Club (NBC) and Mr. James Sillers, we completed important research to understand the actors involved in unsustainable harvesting, their interactions, and their socio-economic motivations and commercial mechanisms.
  • We produced the publication “Social network analysis reveals specialized trade in an Endangered songbird”, which was selected as “Featured Paper 2020” giving us the opportunity to make these results visible and gain new allies for the next steps
  • Two collaborative workshops with aviculturists have been developed with the aim of improving breeding protocols at the Red Siskin Conservation Center. Additionally, the Aviculturists and Specialists Group to Red Siskin Conservation (ASG) has been formed.