Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Canary (Crithagra albogularis)


French: Serin à gorge blanche German: Weißkehlgirlitz Spanish: Serín gorjiblanco

Crithagra albogularis

A. Smith

, 1833,

near Piquetberg, Western Cape Province, South Africa


Proposed race hewitti, described from Kleinpoort Farm (Albany, in Cape Province), in South Africa, synonymized with nominate. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. crocopygia (Sharpe, 1871) – SW Angola and NW Namibia.
  • C. a. sordahlae (Friedmann, 1932) – S Namibia and NW South Africa (W Northern Cape).
  • C. a. orangensis Roberts, 1937 – N South Africa (S North West Province and W Free State) and Lesotho.
  • C. a. albogularis A. Smith, 1833 – coastal W & SW South Africa (E to C Eastern Cape).
  • Descriptive notes

    13·5–15 cm; 13–34 g. Large, stout-billed and unstreaked finch with white throat and greenish-yellow rump. Male nominate race has forehead to crown, nape,... read more


    Song, by male from prominent perch at top of bush, tree or roadside wires, a highly varied series... read more


    Lowland dry or arid savannas and grasslands with scattered bush and thorn-scrub, also coastal... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly seeds, berries and buds, including those of Euphorbia (particularly Euphorbia mauretanica), also sunflowers (... read more


    Breeds throughout year, but determined mainly by rainfall; in arid regions irregular, and may not breed in every year. Monogamous. Solitary... read more


    Resident and partially nomadic; in non-breeding season wanders widely throughout range in search of... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to locally common.

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2019). White-throated Canary (Crithagra albogularis). 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 12 December 2019).