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. Nominate race has forehead to hindcrown dark brown, heavily streaked buffish-white... read more


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


Nominate race apparently confined to Brachystegia and Baikiaea woodlands or, in S... 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 and again Jul–Aug. Territories may be fairly large, as male sings over wide area; performs circular display-... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to scarce; uncommon in Malawi. In Malawi, range rapidly contracting and expected soon to be restricted to protected areas.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2018). 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 17 December 2018).