French: Serin à croupion blanc German: Weißbürzelgirlitz Spanish: Serín culiblanco
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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.
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
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