French: Serin du Koli German: Papyrusgirlitz Spanish: Serín de los papiros
Serinus capistratus koliensis
C. H. B. Grant and Mackworth-Praed
Onyulu’s, Koli River, Lango, Uganda
C & SW Uganda, SW Kenya, E DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi and NW Tanzania.
10–11·5 cm; 11–16 g. Small finch with short conical bill. Male has head deep green, finely streaked darker on forehead and crown (may also be slightly... read more
Song a short series of high-pitched whistles, e.g. "sweet, tsiew chip, tsipee, tsitsit,... read more
Almost entirely restricted to papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) at 900–1600 m; visits... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly seeds of papyrus and small seeds from adjacent cultivations. Forages alone, in pairs and in small flocks of up to 15 individuals in... read more
Season Mar–Aug, possibly also Nov. Nest built entirely by female, a deep cup consisting entirely of woven papyrus heads, placed up to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Local; uncommon or locally fairly common. In 1980s was considered Near-threatened because of potential threats of habitat destruction.
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