Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Canary (Crithagra dorsostriata)


Taxonomy

French: Serin à ventre blanc German: Weißbauchgirlitz Spanish: Serín dorsiestriado
Taxonomy:

Crithagra dorsostriata

Reichenow

, 1887,

Wembere, Tabora, Tanzania

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Has sometimes been thought conspecific with C. flaviventris, but probably closer to C. mozambica. Three subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Song a series of loud, sweet, musical phrases and trills interspersed with several harsher notes, e... read more

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    Season Mar–Jul, also Sept–Feb. Nest a small cup of plant fibres, lichens, dry grass, fine roots, twigs, animal hair and... read more

    Movements

    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

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2019). White-bellied Canary (Crithagra dorsostriata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61312 on 18 July 2019).