Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Streaky-headed Seedeater (Crithagra gularis)


French: Serin gris German: Südbrauengirlitz Spanish: Serín gris

Linaria gularis

A. Smith

, 1836,

Latakoo, Northern Cape Province, South Africa


Previously considered conspecific with C. reichardi and, until more recently, C. canicapilla. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. g. benguellensis (Reichenow, 1904) – C Angola, W Zambia and extreme NE Namibia.
  • C. g. mendosa (Clancey, 1966) – NE Botswana, Zimbabwe and adjacent NW Mozambique.
  • C. g. gularis (A. Smith, 1836) – SE Botswana and N South Africa (Limpopo and N North West Province).
  • C. g. endemion (Clancey, 1952) – S Mozambique, Swaziland, E South Africa (Mpumalan­ga S to C Free State and KwaZulu-Natal) and Lesotho.
  • C. g. humilis (Bonaparte, 1850) – S South Africa (Western Cape and Eastern Cape).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–16 cm; 10–26 g, 17–25 g (nominate race and humilis). Medium-sized to large, comparatively slender-billed, plain finch with white supercilium.... read more


    Song variable regionally, in W Africa loud prolonged song of liquid trills, buzzes and rattles at... read more


    Lowland to submontane scrub and open or sparsely wooded savanna with scattered trees, including... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly a wide variety of seeds, flowers, buds, fruit and small insects. Seeds include those of sunflowers (Helianthus), ... read more


    Season Sept–Mar, possibly also earlier (Jun–Aug) in W Africa. Monogamous. Solitary or loosely colonial, with several pairs in... read more


    Resident and partial migrant; in non-breeding season large flocks wander at random throughout range... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to variably locally common, uncommon or scarce; rare in Kenya and Uganda. Estimated population in S Mozambique 40,000 individuals and in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2018). Streaky-headed Seedeater (Crithagra gularis). 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 16 December 2018).