Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-crowned Canary (Serinus flavivertex)


French: Serin à calotte jaune German: Gelbstirngirlitz Spanish: Serín coronigualdo

Crithagra flavivertex


, 1869,

Adigrat, Tigray Province, Ethiopia


See comments under S. canicollis. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. f. flavivertex (Blanford, 1869) – Eritrea, Ethiopia, SE South Sudan, W & C Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • S. f. sassii Neumann, 1922 – E DRCongo, SW Uganda, W Rwanda, W Burundi, SW & S Tanzania and N Malawi; vagrant to NE Zambia#R.
  • S. f. huillensis Sousa, 1889 – WC Angola (S Cuanza Sul S to Huíla).
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5–13 cm; 12·5–17 g. Small, long-tailed finch with double wingbar. Male nominate race has forehead and crown (including side of crown) bright golden-yellow,... read more


    Song a loud series of mixed rich musical trills, harsher trills and warbles, reminiscent in... read more


    Lower montane forest edges and clearings, including juniper (Juniperus) forest and ... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet not well-studied, mostly green seeds, including those of trees, shrubs, small plants and grasses (including cereals, especially ... read more


    Breeds in all months, mostly Apr–Jun and Oct–Dec. Monogamous. Solitary and territorial. Male has slow, stiff-winged, butterfly-... read more


    Resident, partially migratory and nomadic. Those breeding at higher altitudes in Kenya, Tanzania... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Primarily common to locally common. Locally abundant in Kenya; uncommon in SE Sudan. Locally common but not well known in Angola.

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2018). Yellow-crowned Canary (Serinus flavivertex). 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 23 March 2018).