Cape Canary

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The Cape Canary, Serinus canicollis, is found in eastern and southern Africa. They have also been introduced to Mauritius and Réunion. They inhabit fynbos, grassland and gardens, favoring highland areas.



  • Yellow-crowned Canary, S. flavivertex. or S. c flavivertex
    • Range: East Africa
    • ID: Much brighter, with a yellow head, no grey color
  • S. c huillensis
    • Range: Angola
    • ID: Bright, yellow-headed



The Cape Canary averages 11-13 cm in length (including the tail).

The adult male has a green back with black edging to the wing feathers wings and tail. The underparts, rump and tail sides are yellow, and lower belly is white. The rear head and neck are grey, and the face is cinnamon.

The female looks like the male, but has less grey on her head.

Juveniles are greenish-yellow below with heavy brown streaking.

Similar Species: They can be distinguished from the Yellow-fronted Canary by their lack of black face markings.



Their nest is a compact cup nest situated in scrub.


Diet / Feeding:

The Cape Canary’s diet consists of a various seeds.


Cal / Vocalization:

Its call sounds like a tsit-it-it. Its song consists of warbled trills and whistles.


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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