Family Finches (Fringillidae)


Ankober Serin (Crithagra ankoberensis)


French: Serin d’Ankober German: Ankobergirlitz Spanish: Serín de Ankober

Serinus ankoberensis


, 1979,

Ankober, Shoa Province, Ethiopia


Sometimes considered conspecific with C. menachensis on grounds of plumage pattern and colour, long wings, breeding biology and egg colour; differs significantly, however, in bill morphology. Monotypic.


N & C Ethiopia (N Gonder and N Shoa Provinces, in Amhara Region; perhaps more widespread#R).

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 14–15 g. Medium-small, drab-coloured streaky finch with relatively long, slender bill. Male has feathers of forehead to nape finely streaked blackish-... read more


Song, often given by several males in concert, a series of musical chirps and chirruping notes,... read more


Lower montane or submontane, windswept cliffs and hill tops with vertical bare rock faces, open... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly seeds of grasses and herbs and of other locally available plants. Forages almost entirely on ground, usually in and around earth... read more


Season Oct–Mar; possibly also at other times after heavy rain. Nest material collected by both partners; nest a deep cup of fine... read more


Resident; may make local movements in search of food.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in Central Ethiopian Highlands EBA. Generally little known. Scarce or uncommon, with population estimated at between 10,000 and... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Ankober Serin (Crithagra ankoberensis). 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 29 February 2020).