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Alternative name: Bully Canary

Photo by jdbirdman
Cape vidal, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Crithagra sulphurata

Serinus sulphuratus


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 but short supercilliary stripe.

Similar species

Yellow Canary has a supercilium that is much longer and does not narrow so quickly behind the eye.


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


Placed in genus Crithagra by Gill and Donsker.


There are 3 subspecies:

  • C. s. sharpii:
  • C. s. wilsoni:
  • C. s. sulphurata:
  • 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, 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. Avibase
  3. Sinclair I & Ryan P. 2003. Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0620207299

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