French: Serin à tête noire German: Schwarzkopfgirlitz Spanish: Serín cabecinegro
Other common names: Abyssinian Siskin
Simen Province, 10,000 feet [c. 3050 m], Ethiopia.
N & C highlands of Ethiopia.
11–12·5 cm. Small finch with thin pointed bill and notched tip of tail. Male has entire head to hindneck, side of neck and throat sooty black, mantle and back... read more
Song, usually from top of tall shrub, weed-head or roadside powerlines, a series of pleasant... read more
Montane forest and open moorland grasslands, usually in open grassy areas of giant heath (Erica... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly seeds of plants and trees, including St John's wort and Hagenia abyssinica. Forages in pairs and small flocks, clinging... read more
Season May–Jun and Aug–Oct. Monogamous; territorial. Nest a compact cup of fine grasses, roots and plant down, placed low down... read more
Sedentary; may move to lower elevations in periods of severe weather.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common or abundant within restricted range.
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