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Yellow-crowned Canary - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Shailesh Patel
Lake Naivasha, Kenya, November 2006
Serinus flavivertex


Photo by volker sthamer
Harena Forest, Ethiopia, January 2018

11-13 cm (4-5 in)
Adult male

  • Golden-yellow forehead and crown
  • Black and yellow back with black edged wing feathers wings and tail
  • Bright yellow underparts, rump and tail sides
  • White lower belly
  • Cinnamon face


Africa: found in highlands from Eritrea to Malawi, and highlands of western Angola.


Formerly considered conspecific with Cape Canary.


Three subspecies are recognised[1]:


Scrub and grasslands with trees, copses, plantations, gardens, parks, road verges, croplands, orchards, fybos, montane grasslands. Most common in highland areas.


Occurs singly, in pairs, or in flocks of up to 500.


Forages for seeds on ground, and in scrub, weeds, and trees.


They build a compact cup nest, commonly in a shrub.


  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. Fry H, Keith S,Woodcook M & Willis I. 2004. Birds of Africa Vol VII: Sparrows to Buntings. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0713665319
  3. 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
  4. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  1. AvianWeb
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)

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