French: Serin bifascié German: Proteagirlitz Spanish: Serín de las proteas
Other common names: Protea Seedeater
Paarl, south-west Western Cape, South Africa.
SW South Africa (S Western Cape E to SW Eastern Cape).
15–16 cm; 18–24·8 g. Large, drab-coloured finch with black chin and whitish throat, and conical bill. Forehead to upperparts are grey-brown, finely streaked... read more
Song, from tops of bushes and trees, loud and fairly typical of genus, including various fluty... read more
Coastal and lower montane bush, particularly mature Protea shrubs and dense tall shrubs,... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly seeds, buds, flowers and fruit of Protea, also of other plants; some insects taken. Seeds include those of Protea... read more
Season Aug–Oct. Monogamous. Solitary nester. Male displays by making long gliding flight, interspersed with deep wingflaps and loud... read more
Resident. Probably some short-distance wandering, e.g. has occurred N of breeding area in semi-arid... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted range species: present in Cape Fynbos EBA. Uncommon to locally common. Occurs at densities of 6... read more
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