French: Serin roux German: Príncipegirlitz Spanish: Serín de Príncipe
Other common names:
G. R. Gray
Subspecies and Distribution
C. r. rufobrunnea
(G. R. Gray, 1862) – Principe Seedeater – Príncipe Island, Gulf of Guinea, West Africa.
C. r. fradei
(de Naurois, 1975) – I Boné de Jokei (Caroço), off S Príncipe.
C. r. thomensis
(Bocage, 1888) – Sao Tome Seedeater – São Tomé I, in Gulf of Guinea.
11–12·5 cm; c. 21–26 g, 28–35 g (fradei). Smallish, rather short-tailed drab-coloured finch with conical bill. Nominate race is almost... read more
Song a slow series of warbling notes, trills and twitters, including high-pitched "pss-pss-pss... read more
Primary and secondary forests, including gallery forest, dry woodlands, riverine and coastal... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seeds, leaves and fruits; some insects. Includes fruits of Cecropia, Cestrum levigatum, leaves of Musanga... read more
Season Mar, May–Aug and Oct–Jan. Solitary. Male sings for prolonged periods, spreading tail and fluttering half-opened wings... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Príncipe EBA and São Tomé EBA. Common on São Tomé; uncommon or scarce on Príncipe. Tiny island of Bone de Jókei... read more
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