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Yellow-crowned Canary

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

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[edit] Identification

Photo by volker sthamerHarena Forest, Ethiopia, January 2018
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

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly considered conspecific with Cape Canary.

[edit] Subspecies

Three subspecies are recognised[1]:

[edit] Habitat

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

[edit] Behaviour

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

[edit] Diet

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

[edit] Breeding

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

[edit] References

  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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