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Yellow-rumped Seedeater - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Yellow-rumped Serin, White-throated Seedeater; Abyssinian Yellow-rumped Seedeater

Photo by volker sthamer
Jema Valley, Ethiopia, February 2011
Crithagra xanthopygia

Serinus xanthopygius


11–12 cm (4¼-4¾ in)

  • white throat
  • Yellow rump
  • Brown forehead and crown


Eastern Africa: found in Eritrea and northern Ethiopia.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Some authorities treat the Abyssinian Yellow-rumped Seedeater as a subspecies of the Yellow-throated Seedeater.2


Semi-arid scrub, woodlands and fields.



Not too well known. They are ground feeders, and eat seeds from flowering plants and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to October 2008 (Corrigenda 8). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  3. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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