French: Serin à ventre blanc German: Weißbauchgirlitz Spanish: Serín dorsiestriado
Wembere, Tabora, Tanzania
Subspecies and Distribution
C. d. maculicollis
(Sharpe, 1895) – extreme SE South Sudan, E, C & S Ethiopia, Somalia, NE Uganda and N & C Kenya.
C. d. dorsostriata
Reichenow, 1887 – SE Uganda, W Kenya and N Tanzania.
C. d. taruensis
(van Someren, 1921) – C & SE Kenya S to NE & C Tanzania.
11·5–13 cm; 12–18 g. Small to medium-sized, stubby-billed finch with slightly notched tail and prominent white belly. Male nominate race has forehead and lores to... read more
Song a series of loud, sweet, musical phrases and trills interspersed with several harsher notes, e... read more
Lowland and submontane arid and semi-arid bush, acacia (Acacia) woodland, dense thorn-... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly seeds of grasses and small shrubs. Forages on the ground, in low vegetation and in bushes and low trees. Singly, in pairs and in... read more
Season Mar–Jul, also Sept–Feb. Nest a small cup of plant fibres, lichens, dry grass, fine roots, twigs, animal hair and... read more
Resident and partially nomadic. Outside breeding season, gathers in large flocks that roam... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to common; rare S of 5°30' S. Common around Dar-es-Salaam, on Tanzanian coast, where population is considered to have... read more
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