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Image by Jan Bisschop
Lk. Victoria, Kenya, July 2002
Crithagra koliensis

Serinus koliensis


Similar Species

Very similar to some Africam Citrils (brittoni and female kikuyuensis), which can also inhabit papyrus swamps, but the bill is stubbier and more curved.


Central Africa
Western Africa: found only in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: western Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania


This is a monotypic species[1].
Placed in genus Serinus by Clements.


Papyrus swamps and surrounding agricultural land, particularly sorghum



  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. Avibase

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