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The mountain serin (Chrysocorythus estherae) is a species of finch in the Fringillidae family.

Mountain serin
Chrysocorythus estherae.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Subfamily: Carduelinae
Genus: Chrysocorythus
Wolters, 1967
C. estherae
Binomial name
Chrysocorythus estherae
(Finsch, 1902)

It is found in Indonesia and the Philippines. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland.

The mountain serin was formerly placed in the genus Serinus but a phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequences found that the species was not closely related to other member of Serinus nor to the geographically nearest finch, the Vietnamese greenfinch.[2] The species was therefore assigned to a separate genus Chrysocorythus, a name that had previously been proposed by the German ornithologist Hans Edmund Wolters in 1967.[3][4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Serinus estherae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Zuccon, Dario; Prŷs-Jones, Robert; Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Ericson, Per G.P. (2012). "The phylogenetic relationships and generic limits of finches (Fringillidae)" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 62 (2): 581–596. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.10.002. PMID 22023825.
  3. ^ Wolters, H.E. (1967). "Uber einige asiatische Carduelinae". Bonner Zoologische Beitraege (in German). 18: 169–172.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Finches, euphonias". World Bird List Version 5.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 June 2015.