French: Serin à gorge blanche German: Weißkehlgirlitz Spanish: Serín gorjiblanco
near Piquetberg, Western Cape Province, South Africa
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).
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.
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