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; 10–26 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
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