This species is classified as Vulnerable because the small population, which was once thought to be stable, appears to have declined at key sites since 1996, principally owing to the effects of a drought exacerbating the threat from grazing pressure.
AERC TAC. 2003. AERC TAC Checklist of bird taxa occurring in Western Palearctic region, 15th Draft. Available at: http://www.aerc.eu/DOCS/Bird_taxa_of _the_WP15.xls.
Cramp, S.; Perrins, C. M. 1977-1994. Handbook of the birds of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The birds of the western Palearctic. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
12 cm. Small, rather long-tailed and 'open-faced' canary. Rather unmarked pale olive-yellow-grey plumage which largely lacks streaking (except mantle). Forehead and eyering bright yellow as are greater coverts and fringes of inner flight feathers and tail. Similar spp. Easily distinguished from Serin S. serinus by larger size and lack of prominent streaking. Voice Long trilling, chirping, twittering and jingling refrains.
Related state of the world's birds case studies
Baumgart, W. 1995. Die Vögel Syriens. Max Kasparek, Heidelberg.
Dakdouk, S.; Hamdan, S.; Jamal, N.; Rachid, G. 2005. The conservation of the Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus in the Al-Shouf Cedars Nature Reserve in Lebanon, 2005.
Evans, M. I. 1994. Important Bird Areas in the Middle East. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.
Khoury, F. 1998. Habitat selection by Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus in south-west Jordan. Sandgrouse 20: 87-93.
Khoury, F. 1999. Serinus syriacus.
Khoury, F. 2000. The impact of drought conditions on the winter distribution and population of Syrian Serin Serinus syricaus in south-west Jordan. Sandgrouse 22: 64-66.
Ramadan-Jaradi, G.; Ramadan-Jaradi, M. 1999. An updated checklist of the birds of Lebanon. Sandgrouse 21: 132-170.
Ramadan-Jaradi, G.; Ramadan-Jaradi, M. 2002. Population Size of the Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus and Other Ornithological Records from Lebanon. Lebanese Science Journal 3(1): 27.
Further web sources of information
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Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Ekstrom, J., Mahood, S., O'Brien, A., Symes, A.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Taylor, J.
BirdLife International (2013) Species factsheet: Serinus syriacus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/12/2013. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2013) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/12/2013.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Vulnerable|
|Family||Fringillidae (Finches and Hawaiian honeycreepers)|
|Species name author||Bonaparte, 1851|
|Population size||2500-9999 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||7,400 km2|
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