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

12·5–13·5 cm; 14·3–22 g (Ethiopia, NW Kenya). Medium-sized, slender-billed, brown finch. Adult has forehead to hindcrown dark brown, heavily streaked whitish, nape and sides... read more


Sings from atop small tree or during display-flight; song said to be rather different from that of... read more


Occurs at 1200–2000 m on grassy hillsides and escarpments with shrubs and scattered trees; also... read more

Food and feeding

Diet unknown; presumably variety of small seeds. Forages low down in vegetation and on ground; perches higher in bushes and trees, also... read more


Almost nothing known. Territories may be fairly large, as male sings over wide area; performs circular display-flight during courtship.... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Range is highly disjunct. Uncommon to rare in Ethiopia, where known from c. 20 widely scattered records; generally rather local and... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). 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 25 February 2020).