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Green Singing Finch

Serinus mozambicus

Family:

Fringillidae – finch family

Conservation Status:

Least concern, IUCN

Distribution:

They are native to much of sub-Saharan Africa.  They are notably absent from the arid regions of South Africa and the tropical rainforests of the Congo Basin.

Habitat:

Open woodlands and grasslands

Factoid:

Commonly called Yellow-fronted canaries.

Green Singing Finch have grey heads with two bright yellow streaks: one above the eyes (“eyebrow streak”) and one below the eyes. Bright yellow plumage covers the entire underside of the bird, extending from the chin down to the under-tail. The top of the neck, back, wings, and tail are a greenish grey with yellow margins to the wing and tail feathers. Hens are duller overall and often have a line of grey feathers extending across the lower throat, resembling a grey necklace. Only the cock sings, though he may not sing year-round.

They feed primarily on seeds and insects. Termites, aphids, grasshoppers, and other insects are especially important during the breeding season when chicks demand a relatively high-protein diet.

Breeding takes place throughout the rainy season when there are sufficient food supplies to rear young. Green Singing Finch are socially monogamous. Males feed their mates throughout the breeding season, and also sing loud, trilling songs while perched upright and swaying very slightly.

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