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Pine Siskin 

Traits: Small bird with stout, cone-shaped bill; yellow on the wings and at base of tail

Habitat: Mature conifer forests, old-growth coastal forests; nests on a branch of a conifer.

Foods: Seeds of conifers, alder, birch; also moth and butterfly larvae, aphids

Eaten by: Sharp-shinned hawks, boreal owls; squirrels take eggs.

Do You Know? The siskin's winter range is highly erratic; large flocks appear here one year, there the next.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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