French: Serin gris German: Südbrauengirlitz Spanish: Serín gris
Latakoo, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
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).
13–16 cm; 10·5–21 g (mendosa), 16·7–25 g (nominate race and humilis). Medium-sized to large, comparatively slender-billed, plain finch with white... read more
Song in E Africa has first three notes often upslurred and concludes with “siu siu siu st st... 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 (based on information from Zimbabwe, Transvaal and KwaZulu-Natal). Monogamous. Solitary or loosely colonial, with several... 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 (Least Concern). Common to variably locally common, uncommon or scarce. Evidence of considerable range expansion in SW Cape Province over last few... read more
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