French: Serin forestier German: Waldgirlitz Spanish: Serín forestal
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. kirbyi
Dowsett, 2012 – NE South Africa (N & E Limpopo).
C. s. umbrosa
(Clancey, 1964) – E & S South Africa from Mpumalanga and W KwaZulu-Natal S through S Eastern Cape (above 1070 m) to S Western Cape.
C. s. scotops
Sundevall, 1850 – N Swaziland, E Lesotho and lowland S KwaZulu-Natal S to coastal Eastern Cape (below 920 m).
12·5–13 cm; 13–18 g. Small finch with stout, robust-looking bill, heavily streaked upperparts and slightly notched tail. Male nominate race has lower... read more
Song, usually from top of tree, a rich and lively high-pitched warble with tinkling notes,... read more
Edges and clearings in dense bush of highland or submontane evergreen forests, including (in... read more
Food and feeding
Variety of buds, seeds and fruit, including seeds of Anthospermum, Alternanthera pungens, Bidens pilosa, ... read more
Season Oct–Mar; occasionally two broods. Monogamous. Territorial; territories evidently small, as two active nests in same tree not... read more
Resident and partially nomadic; makes local movements in search of fruiting trees or shrubs.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in South African Forests EBA. Uncommon or locally common.
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