French: Serin du Cap German: Gelbscheitelgirlitz Spanish: Serín dorsigrís
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
S. c. griseitergum
Clancey, 1967 – E Zimbabwe and adjacent Mozambique.
S. c. thompsonae
Roberts, 1924 – N & E South Africa S, including W Swaziland, to E Free State and S KwaZulu-Natal, and Lesotho.
S. c. canicollis
(Swainson, 1838) – S South Africa from Western Cape E to W Free State and NE Eastern Cape.
11·5–14 cm; 10–19·7 g (South Africa). Rather small, slim, long-tailed finch lacking wingbars. Male nominate race has forehead to most of crown and cheek deep... read more
Song, by male only, from tops of trees or during display-flight, a loud, lively, jumbled series of... read more
Lowland and lower montane forest edges and clearings, including juniper (Juniperus) forest... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly soft green seeds, including those of trees, shrubs, small plants and grasses, mainly Pinus patula, Bidens pilosa... read more
Season mostly Aug–Feb, occasionally Dec–Mar. Monogamous. Colonial or semi-colonial nester. Male performs slow, butterfly-like... read more
Resident, partially migratory and nomadic. Those at higher altitudes in Zimbabwe move to lower... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally abundant; locally uncommon. Locally common in N of range in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Has increased in number and range in Karoo... read more
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