French: Serin de Burton German: Dickschnabelgirlitz Spanish: Serín de Burton
Other common names:
G. R. Gray
Cameroon Mountains, 7000 feet [c. 2130 m]
Subspecies and Distribution
C. b. burtoni
(G. R. Gray, 1862) – Western Thick-billed Seedeater – extreme SE Nigeria, SW Cameroon and Bioko.
C. b. tanganjicae
(Granvik, 1923) – WC Angola; E DRCongo E to W Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
C. b. kilimensis
Richmond, 1897 – extreme E Uganda, SW Kenya (higlands W of Rift Valley) and N & W Tanzania.
C. b. albifrons
Sharpe, 1891 – Eastern Thick-billed Seedeater – highlands E of Rift Valley, in C Kenya.
15–16 cm; 24–35 g. Large, stoutly built, drab-coloured finch with heavy bill. Nominate race has head and upperparts dark olive-brown, streaked darker or blackish... read more
Song, rarely or infrequently given, a soft or weak series of high-pitched, warbling notes including... read more
Undergrowth of lower montane to submontane bush, in clearings and edges of forest, including strips... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seeds, including hard-shelled tree seeds, e.g. those of Senecio montuosum, Nuxia and Gnidia, also ripe... read more
Season Jun–Dec, also Feb–May. Monogamous. Solitary. Nest a small open cup of grass, plant fibres, lichens and twigs, placed 2... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally abundant, common, uncommon or scarce. Easily overlooked.
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