French: Serin soufré German: Schwefelgirlitz Spanish: Serín azufrado
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. sharpii
(Neumann, 1900) – C, SW & E Angola, NE & SE DRCongo E to WC & S Kenya, NE & S Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and N & C Mozambique.
C. s. wilsoni
Roberts, 1936 – S Mozambique, Swaziland and E South Africa (E Limpopo S to KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape).
C. s. sulphurata
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S South Africa (S Western Cape and W Eastern Cape).
13·5–16 cm; 20·3–35·3 g (South Africa), 22–30 g (wilsoni), 15–26·5 g (sharpii). Medium-sized to large, stout-billed finch with... read more
Song, by both sexes, usually from prominent perch, a series of slow sweet or musical phrases,... read more
Lowland, coastal and submontane open woodlands and bushes with scattered trees, including acacia (... read more
Food and feeding
Variety of seeds, leaves, flowers, berries, buds and ripe fruit; also termites (Isoptera). Seeds include those of Olea, ... read more
Breeds throughout year within range, mostly Mar–Jan in E Africa, and in South Africa mostly Jul–Nov in Western Cape and May... read more
Resident and partially nomadic; an erratic dry-season visitor to parts of Zimbabwe and Eastern Cape... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally common, and widespread. Estimated population in S Mozambique 50,000 individuals and in Swaziland 5000 individuals.
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