Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Stripe-breasted Seedeater (Crithagra striatipectus)


French: Serin rayé German: Streifenmiombogirlitz Spanish: Serín pechirrayado
Other common names: Abyssinian Canary

Poliospiza striatipectus


, 1891,

Elgeyo, East Africa


Until recently considered conspecific with C. reichardi, although split long speculated; differs in its brown-streaked vs plain white chin and upper throat (2); paler, browner and much more extensive streaking below, continuing onto upper belly and flanks (3); marginally more whitish, less blackish streaking on crown (1); flighty vs more sluggish behaviour#R (1); and seemingly somewhat different songs, although both involve much mimicry#R and recorded material currently very scarce. Monotypic.

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Extreme S & E South Sudan, W & CS Ethiopia and W & C Kenya.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Stripe-breasted Seedeater (Crithagra striatipectus). 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 19 January 2019).