Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Near Threatened

Kipengere Seedeater (Crithagra melanochroa)


Taxonomy

French: Serin des Kipengere German: Tansaniagirlitz Spanish: Serín de los Kipengere
Other common names: Tanzania Seedeater
Taxonomy:

Serinus melanochrous

Reichenow

, 1900,

Ukinga, southern Tanzania

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Has been treated as conspecific with C. burtoni, but differs morphologically and vocally. Size and plumage suggest possible closer relationship with C. striolata, but untested genetically. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Iringa and Njombe Highlands, in S Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

15 cm. Medium-sized, stout-billed finch with heavily streaked underparts. Has head and upperparts dark olive-brown, streaked darker on mantle and back, uppertail-coverts like... read more

Voice

Not well known; a long rambling series of rattling notes, unlike song/call of S. burtoni.

Habitat

Montane forest and bushland between 1500 m and 3000 m.

Food and feeding

Diet not well known; mostly seeds of grasses, flowering plants, shrubs and trees, also fruits. Forages mostly in low to middle levels of... read more

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Fairly common within small global range;... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2017). Kipengere Seedeater (Crithagra melanochroa). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/61322 on 17 December 2017).