The Red Siskin used to be a common, easily seen bird; however, little was known scientifically about its natural history, reproduction and feeding habits. Our scientists are using fieldwork, labwork, and in-depth analyses to better understand the ecology and genetics of this species.
Discovery of active Red Siskin nests in the wild in 2017. Among the team’s fascinating discoveries include the fact that male Red Siskins feed chicks, just as female does.
Exclusion of Guyana-origin Red Siskins as founders for reintroduction efforts in Venezuela: Rodriguez-Clark, K. M., Davidson B., Kingston S., Coyle B. J., Duchesne P., Braun M. J. (2018) Evaluating a potential source of founders for ex situ conservation efforts: Genetic differentiation between disjunct populations of the endangered Red Siskin (Spinus cucullatus). Endangered Species Research. 36: 183-196.
Estimation of the historic and present distribution of high-quality Red Siskin habitat, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Confirmation in 2017 that unsustainable harvest of Red Siskins in Venezuela is ongoing and high, reaching at least 70 individuals/year removed from the wild in one portion of Venezuela alone. Click here to read full article.
Rediscovery of the “lost” species Grallaria chtonia, known as the Táchira Antpitta, which has been feared extinct since 1956.