French: Serin alario German: Alariogirlitz Spanish: Serín alario
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
S. a. leucolaemus
(Sharpe, 1903) – Damara Canary – S Namibia and NW & WC South Africa (Northern Cape E to W Free State).
S. a. alario
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Black-headed Canary – W & C South Africa (C Northern Cape E to S Free State, S to C & S Karoo) and Lesotho.
12–13 cm; 11–14 g. Small to medium-sized canary with chestnut upperparts and tail. Male nominate race has head to side of neck, chin, throat and centre of... read more
Song, by male only, a rather unmelodious jumble of liquid and twanging notes interspersed with... read more
Lowland and lower montane dry rocky outcrops, semi-arid scrub on hills, and open grassland with... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seeds of a variety of plants and grasses, also other plant parts, also some insects. Seeds include those of Panicum maximum... read more
Season Jul–Apr. Monogamous. Loosely colonial. Nest built by female alone, accompanied by male when collecting material, a deep cup of... read more
Resident, partially nomadic and irruptive. In non-breeding season (mostly Jan–Aug) nominate... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally common or uncommon.
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