Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Critically Endangered

Sao Tome Grosbeak (Crithagra concolor)


Taxonomy

French: Serin de Sao Tomé German: Einfarbgirlitz Spanish: Picogordo de Santo Tomé
Taxonomy:

Amblyospyza [sic] concolor

Bocage

, 1888,

São João dos Angolares, São Tomé Island

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Recent genetic data indicate close relationship to C. rufobrunnea (especially C. r. thomensis), with result that previous treatment in Neospiza appears no longer tenable#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

São Tomé I.

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm. Large, uniformly coloured finch with massive bill. Plumage is almost entirely dark cinnamon-brown or chocolate-brown, with short blackish streaks (visible at... read more

Voice

Song a 2-note whistle, second note higher, frequently repeated, similar in tone to that of... read more

Habitat

Previously thought to be restricted to lowland, dense closed-canopy primary forest at 230–400... read more

Food and feeding

Diet largely unknown; food mostly hard-shelled seeds or fruits, as indicated by bill size. Forages in Uapaca guineensis and ... read more

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted range species: present in São Tomé EBA. Very poorly known. Discovered in 1888, but seen infrequently and soon considered... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2017). Sao Tome Grosbeak (Crithagra concolor). 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/61329 on 22 July 2017).