Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Protea Canary (Crithagra leucoptera)


Taxonomy

French: Serin bifascié German: Proteagirlitz Spanish: Serín de las proteas
Other common names: Protea Seedeater
Taxonomy:

Crithagra leucoptera

Sharpe

, 1871,

Paarl, south-west Western Cape, South Africa

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW South Africa (S Western Cape E to SW Eastern Cape).

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 18–24·8 g. Large, drab-coloured finch with black chin and whitish throat, and conical bill. Forehead to upperparts are grey-brown, finely streaked... read more

Voice

Song, from tops of bushes and trees, loud and fairly typical of genus, including various fluty... read more

Habitat

Coastal and lower montane bush, particularly mature Protea shrubs and dense tall shrubs,... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly seeds, buds, flowers and fruit of Protea, also of other plants; some insects taken. Seeds include those of Protea... read more

Breeding

Season Aug–Oct. Monogamous. Solitary nester. Male displays by making long gliding flight, interspersed with deep wingflaps and loud... read more

Movements

Resident. Probably some short-distance wandering, e.g. has occurred N of breeding area in semi-arid... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted range species: present in Cape Fynbos EBA. Uncommon to locally common. Occurs at densities of 6·8–14·3... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2017). Protea Canary (Crithagra leucoptera). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/61324 on 25 September 2017).