Serinus buchanani  

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Southern-Grosbeak canary

Serinus buchanani (Crithagra buchanani)

Geographical distribution and habitat

Serinus buchananican can be found in the south from Kenya and the north from Tanzania, East-Africa, near to the equator, where the days and nights are nearly the same length and which has a tropical climate. The Southern-Grosbeak Canary is sometimes considerd as a subspecies from the regular Northern-Grosbeak Canary (Serinus donaldsoni). Serinus buchanani lives in dry savannas and grasslands with scattered trees and thorny bushes, which has very few months with rain, and temps mostly over 20°C (68 F).

Size: 15cm (5.9 inch) 
Noting that the size is shown bigger than the Northern-Grosbeak Canary (Serinus donaldsoni)

Description and subspecies

Males as well as females of Serinus buchanani show a greenish colour; the female shows striping at the flank (side), the male nearly does. From the Northern-Grosbeak Canary (Serinus donaldsoni) the female shows a grey chest and a clear striping at the chest and flanks. Further differences between the males from the Southern and Northern-Grosbeak are a.m. the more yellow colour and the more pronounced head-designing from Serinus donaldsoni. Also, Serinus buchanani shows a more green colour than Serinus donaldsoni.


Both, Southern and Northern-Grosbeak Canary have a light coloured beak going to light mauve in colour. This colour is different from the horn coloured beak from the Bully Seedeater who also sometimes has a more dark upper beak. S. buchanani and S. donaldsoni can be confused with the Bully Seedeater (S. sulphuratus subspecies), however the Northern and the Southern-Grosbeak Canarys have a more heavy beak. It is not known if these Grosbeak Canarys are imported regularly. Not to exclude is, that these Grosbeak Canarys then have been seen as on from the subspecies from Bully Seedeaters (S. sulphuratus). The beak is adapted to the feeding. The Southern-Grosbeak Canary belongs to the Serinus species which also eat small sunflowerseads and coarser seeds. They can also be fed with a mixture for Goldfinches and will eat along with this, and probably enjoy, fruit, berries and insects.