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European Serin

Serinus serinus

The European Serin is a small, grain-eating bird, common throughout the country. It occurs in farmlands, woodlands, orchards and gardens.

The scientific name of the Serin – Serinus Serinus – has no clear origin. It seems to derive from the French term that identifies the canary (Serin), a species from the same gender, but may also correspond to an adulteration of the Latin citrinus alluding to lemon yellow shades in the plumage of this bird.

Text: João E. Rabaça