French: Serin est-africain German: Streifengirlitz Spanish: Serín keniata
Other common names:
Spinus citrinelloides hypostictus
Subspecies and Distribution
C. h. hyposticta
(Reichenow, 1904) – SE Kenya to extreme E Zambia, Malawi and adjacent N Mozambique.
C. h. brittoni
(Traylor, 1970) – SE South Sudan and extreme W Kenya.
11–12 cm; 10–15·5 g. Small finch with conical pointed bill and slightly notched tail. Adult male has indistinct or no yellow supercilium, crown and upperparts olive-green,... read more
Rapid, tinkling song recalls that of Serinus flavivertex but includes buzzy “zwee” and... read more
Found in forest clearings, second growth and cultivated areas, as well as in rank growth along... read more
Food and feeding
Very few data; reported to be fond of seeds of Cosmos and figs (Ficus spp.) in Malawi, takes seeds of Hagenia... read more
Very little known. Season apparently Mar–Aug and Nov–Jan (mainly Apr–May during long wet season in N of range), with records in Feb and Apr... read more
Primarily resident. Wanders in non-breeding season and makes altitudinal movements to lower levels... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread. Old records from N highlands of Mozambique, close to border with Malawi, but continued presence in this area... read more
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