Corsican finch

The Corsican finch (Carduelis corsicana), also known as the Corsican citril finch or Mediterranean citril finch, is a bird in the finch family, Fringillidae.

Corsican finch
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Subfamily: Carduelinae
Genus: Carduelis
C. corsicana
Binomial name
Carduelis corsicana
(Koenig, 1899)
  • Serinus corsicanus
  • Serinus citrinella corsicanus
  • Serinus corsicana
    (lapsus; see Barbagli & Violani, 1997)
  • Serinus citrinella corsicana
    (lapsus; see Barbagli & Violani, 1997)
  • Carduelis citrinella corsicana
  • Carduelis corsicanus

It was formerly regarded a subspecies of the citril finch, but it differs in morphology and vocalizations (Förschler & Kalko, 2007) as well as mtDNA sequence (Sangster, 2000, contra Pasquet & Thibault, 1997, Förschler et al. 2009) and they are now considered distinct species (Sangster et al., 2002, Förschler et al. 2009).

Formerly, both were placed in the genus Serinus, but they appear to be close relatives of the European goldfinch (Arnaiz-Villena et al., 1998).

It is found in Corsica and on the Italian islands of Sardinia, Elba, Capraia and Gorgona.

It has dark-streaked brown upperparts, and brighter yellow underparts than the citril finch.

Near Col de Vergio, Corsica, Sept 2014


The first formal description of the Corsican finch was by the German zoologist Alexander Koenig in 1899 under the binomial name Citrinella corsicana.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Carduelis corsicana". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2013.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ Koenig, Alexander (1899). "Eine neu Vogelart von der Insel Corsica". Ornithologische Monatsberichte (in German). 7 (7): 120.

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