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Subspecies orangensis
Photo by charelli
De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa, December 2015
Crithagra albogularis

Serinus albogularis


Length 13·5–15 cm (5¼-6 in), mass 14-38 g.

A large, pale canary without streaked plumage. It has a white throat and greenish-yellow rump.


From Lesotho to the southern and western coasts of South Africa, Namibia and south-western Angola.



Subspecies sordahlae
Photo by albertvoigts
Spitzkoppe, Namibia, 2006

Crithagra albogularis has four subspecies:1

  • C. a. crocopygia:
Northern Namibia and south-western Angola
  • C. a. sordahlae:
North-eastern and northern Cape Province and southern Namibia
  • C. a. albogularis:
  • Western and south-western Cape Province to eastern Cape and Griqualand
  • C. a. orangensis:
Northern South Africa (southern North West and western Free State)

An additional subspecies hewitti is not generally recognised as being too similar to C. a. sordahlae.2


Shrubland, semi-desert, sparse woodland, coastal thicket and gardens.



Their diet consists mostly of seeds, berries and buds, especially euphorbia and sunflowers.


  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. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2016)

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