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; 10·5–21 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

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). 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 25 February 2020).