French: Serin de Sainte-Hélène German: Gelbbauchgirlitz Spanish: Serín amarillo
J. F. Gmelin
Cape of Good Hope = Berg River, Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. f. damarensis
(Roberts, 1922) – SW Angola, Namibia (except extreme S), Botswana and adjacent South Africa (extreme NE Northern Cape).
C. f. flaviventris
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – extreme S Namibia and W & SW South Africa (E to W Eastern Cape).
C. f. marshalli
(Shelley, 1902) – SE Botswana, N & C South Africa (Limpopo Province S to Northern Cape, Free State and N Eastern Cape) and lowlands of Lesotho.
C. f. guillarmodi
(Roberts, 1936) – highlands of Lesotho.
13–14 cm; 10·3–20 g. Medium-sized to large finch with conical bill. Male nominate race has lower forehead and supercilium (to rear of ear-coverts) rich or bright... read more
Song, usually from top of bush, tree or high perch, also in display-flight, a fairly long and... read more
Lowland plains of bush and scrub, including acacia (Acacia) and Terminalia... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly seeds and flowers, including those of Amaranthus angustifolius, Amaranthus thunbergi, Sonchus oleraceus... read more
Season Jul–Apr. Monogamous. Solitary breeder; territorial. Male displays in rising, butterfly-like, slow circular flight with shallow... read more
Resident and partial migrant, and nomadic in non-breeding season. Gathers in flocks in non-breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common, locally common or locally abundant; uncommon to rare in Angola. One specimen and a single sight record from SW Zambia. Recorded breeding... read more
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