French: Serin d’Abyssinie German: Dünnschnabelgirlitz Spanish: Serín etíope
Other common names:
African Citril (especially when incorporating C. frontalis and C. hyposticta)
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. citrinelloides
(Rüppell, 1840) – Eritrea to C & S Ethiopia.
C. c. kikuyensis
(Neumann, 1905) – SW Kenya.
11–12 cm; 11·7–15·8 g. Small finch with conical pointed bill and slightly notched tail. Male nominate race has lower forehead and lores to upper... read more
Song, usually from prominent treetop perch, post or roadside powerlines, a loud series of three or... read more
Open and rank grasslands in high-rainfall areas, principally clearings and edges of forest, wet or... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seeds, also buds, berries and leaves; also some insects. Seeds include those of black jack (Bidens pilosus), sunflower (... read more
Possibly breeds throughout year, principally Mar–Aug and Oct–Jan, timing largely influenced by onset of rains. Double-brooded... read more
Primarily resident. Wanders in non-breeding season and becomes seasonally more numerous between Aug... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread. No threats known.
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