Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

White-rumped Seedeater (Crithagra leucopygia)


French: Serin à croupion blanc German: Weißbürzelgirlitz Spanish: Serín culiblanco
Other common names: White-rumped Canary

Crithagra leucopygia


, 1850,

Sennar, Ethiopia


Race pallens sometimes treated as a synonym of riggenbachi. Population in Rift Valley of C Ethiopia may represent an as yet undescribed race. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. riggenbachi (Neumann, 1908) – S Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia E to S Niger, N Nigeria, C & S Chad, N Central African Republic and W Sudan.
  • C. l. pallens (Vaurie, 1956) – N Niger (Aïr Mts).
  • C. l. leucopygia Sundevall, 1850 – E Sudan, N Eritrea, W & C Ethiopia, South Sudan, extreme NE DRCongo and NW Uganda.
  • Descriptive notes

    10–11·5 cm; 8–16 g. Small, plain-coloured finch with conical bill and prominent white rump. Nominate race has forehead to crown and upperparts (except rump) pale... read more


    Song poorly known, a series of subdued but sweet whistles, twitters and liquid trills given... read more


    Lowland, dry, open bushed savanna and scattered trees on sandy soils, acacia (Acacia)... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly small seeds, including millet, also Tridax procumbens, Stellaria media, Taraxacum officinale, Senecio... read more


    Season mainly Sept–Mar, also Jul–Aug in S Niger and Nigeria. Nest a compact cup of plant stems, fibres, leaf fragments,... read more


    Resident and partially nomadic; makes some local movements in search of ripening millet.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common or locally common; rare in N Togo. In S Sudan has extended range N along R Nile following creation of irrigation schemes. Small population in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2020). White-rumped Seedeater (Crithagra leucopygia). 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).