French: Serin strié German: Strichelgirlitz Spanish: Serín estriado
Other common names:
Halai and Simen, 8000–10,000 feet [c. 2440–3050 m], Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. striolata
(Rüppell, 1840) – Streaky Seedeater – Eritrea, Ethiopia and extreme SE South Sudan S to W & C Kenya and N Tanzania.
C. s. graueri
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1907) – E DRCongo, SW Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
C. s. whytii
(Shelley, 1897) – Yellow-browed Seedeater – S Tanzania, N Malawi and adjacent NE Zambia.
13·5–15 cm; 18–26·5 g. Medium-sized, heavily streaked finch with long, slightly notched tail. Nominate race has forehead to crown brown, finely... read more
Song variable, a series of clear, downslurred whistles, "tway, tway, tsitsi-peeew, tsiway-tslo... read more
Lower montane to submontane open country and woodland edge and clearings, moist secondary evergreen... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly small seeds, including those of Lobelia giberroa, berries including blackberries (Rubus), and insects, including... read more
Breeds in all months, mostly Apr–Aug and Oct–Jan, at higher altitudes (above 2200 m) Apr–Jul; up to three broods.... read more
Resident; some short-distance and random movements in non-breeding season in Apr–May and Aug... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Race whytii, sometimes treated as a full species, is a restricted-range taxon: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Common to locally... read more
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