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Alternative name: Senegal Canary

Crithagra canicapilla



West and west-central Africa.


Three subspecies recognized:

  • C. c. canicapilla from Guinea to Central African Republic
  • C. c. montanorum in the Highlands of east Nigeria and west Cameroon
  • C. c. elgonensis from South Sudan to west Kenya

Formerly considered conspecific with Streaky-headed Seedeater (and still included in that species by Clements).


Open woodland and scrub, including savanna, orchards, and gardens.


It builds a compact cup nest in scrub.


  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. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2014. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 4th ed. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0956861122

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