Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Reichard's Seedeater (Crithagra reichardi)


French: Serin de Reichard German: Miombogirlitz Spanish: Serín de Reichard
Other common names: Reichard's Canary

Poliospiza reichardi


, 1882,

Kakoma, near Tabora, Tanzania


Previously considered conspecific with C. gularis and, more recently, with C. striatipectus. Monotypic.


W, C & S Tanzania, S & SE DRCongo, Zambia, Malawi and N Mozambique.

Descriptive notes

12·5–13·5 cm; 11·3–17·2 g (Malawi). Medium-sized, slender-billed, brown finch. Adult has forehead to hindcrown dark brown, heavily streaked buffish white (lower forehead may... read more


Song, from tops of trees and during display-flight, a series of mixed musical phrases and buzzing... read more


Apparently confined to Brachystegia, Burkea and Baikiaea woodlands,... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably variety of small seeds. Forages low down in vegetation and on ground; perches higher in bushes and trees... read more


Season Jan–Mar (mainly in DRCongo and Tanzania, perhaps until or also May in Malawi) and again Aug–Oct. Said to breed in small colonies of... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common to scarce; generally uncommon in DRCongo and in Malawi where now largely confined to protected areas, but locally... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Reichard's Seedeater (Crithagra reichardi). 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 on 29 February 2020).