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White-bellied Canary - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Westmidstraveller
Masai Mara, Kenya, Sept 2007
Crithagra dorsostriata

Serinus dorsostriatus


Length 12-13 cm
Lower belly and undertail coverts white; rest of under parts yellow.

Similar Species

The Yellow-crowned Canary is similar, but has a less-marked head and black-and-yellow (rather than greenish) wings. The Brimstone Canary has a larger bill and yellow belly.


Eastern Africa: found in Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.


Placed in genus Serinus by Clements.


Crithagra dorsostriata has three subspecies:[1]

  • C. d. maculicollis
  • C. d. dorsostriata
  • C. d. taruensis


Dry savanna, grassland and thicket.



It feeds on the ground but also eats buds and flowers in the tops of trees.


The nest is lined with feathers and soft fine grasses. The clutch of 2-4 eggs are incubated for about 14 days. The young fledge about 21 days later.


  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

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