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Northern Grosbeak-Canary - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Abyssinian Grosbeak-Canary

Crithagra donaldsoni

Serinus donaldsoni


Length 15–15·5 cm; a large canary with a big pink bill.

Similar Species

Darker and upper parts more streaked than Brimstone Canary.


East Africa: found in southern Ethiopia and Somalia to northern Kenya. An isolated population in Taita Hills.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Placed in genus Serinus by Clements.


Lowland savanna. Dry acacia scrub and woodland.



Ground feeders, their main diet consist of grass and weeds seeds and small acacia fruit.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2014)

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