French: Serin de Symons German: Basutogirlitz Spanish: Serín del Drakensberg
Sangebetu Valley, Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa
Lesotho and EC South Africa (NE Free State, W KwaZulu-Natal and NE Eastern Cape).
13–14 cm; 11–16·8 g. Small to medium-sized, drab finch. Male has forehead to nape and side of neck dull yellowish-green, finely streaked darker; short, indistinct... read more
Song, given for prolonged periods throughout day in breeding season, a lively jumble of buzzing "... read more
Lower montane and submontane heathland, scrub and grassy areas on plateau, hillsides and valleys of... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly a variety of seeds, buds and small insects. Seeds and buds include those of grasses and proteas, also Schkuhria pinnata,... read more
Season Nov–Jan. Probably monogamous, solitary and territorial. Nest a neat, shallow cup of dry grasses, plant fibres, leaves and... read more
Altitudinal migrant; descends to lower levels and valleys in non-breeding season and during cold or... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Lesotho Highlands EBA. Common to locally common.
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