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Alternative name: Bully Canary

Serinus sulphuratus
Photo by jdbirdman
Cape vidal, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Length 13-15 cm
A large canary with a big bill.
The male is bright yellow beneath with an olive-green malar stripe and bright yellow supercilliary stripe.


Africa: Uganda and Kenya, south to eastern and southern South Africa.


Placed in genus Crithagra by Gill and Donsker.


There are 3 subspecies:

  • S. s. sharpii:
  • S. s. wilsoni:
  • S. s. sulphuratus:
  • South-western and southern Cape Province

Two additional subspecies frommi and shelleyi are not generally recognised, and languens is usually considered invalid[2].


Woodland, thicket, coastal scrub and gardens.


Occurs mostly either singly or in pairs.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Sinclair I & Ryan P. 2003. Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0620207299

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