Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Critically Endangered

Sao Tome Grosbeak (Neospiza concolor)


French: Néospize de Sao Tomé German: Einfarbgirlitz Spanish: Picogordo de Santo Tomé
Other common names: Sao Tome Grosbeak Weaver, Sao Tome Canary, St Thoma’s Canary, Grosbeak Weaver, Grosbeak Bunting, Neospiza

Amblyospyza [sic] concolor


, 1888,

São João dos Angolares, São Tomé Island


Recent genetic evidence indicates close relationship to Serinus rufobrunneus, suggesting that, pending review of entire genus, this species may be better placed in Serinus. Monotypic.


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


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


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


No information.



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 (Neospiza 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 on 26 March 2017).