Kenya Birds

Yellow-fronted Canary


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Yellow-fronted Canary

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Serinus mozambicus

Other Names

  English Yellow-eyed Canary   French Serin du Mozambique   German Mosambikgirlitz   Spanish Canario de Mozambique, Verdón Cantador   Swedish Afrikansk kanariefĺgel   Dutch Geelvoorhoofd-kanarie, Mozambiquesijs   Italian Canarino del Mozambico

World: Widespread S of 15°N except for the equatorial lowland forests and the very arid SW regions.

Kenya: Common in moist scrub in the West and along the coast.

A gregarious canary except when breeding. They generally ocur in small flocks foraging on the ground for food. Their diet consists of grass, seeds, young shoots and insects. They also take nectar when breeding and increase the percentage of insects in their diet. Can be confused with the White-bellied Canary but the Yellow-fronted is entirely yellow below. Confusion mostly occurs in the S because dorsostriatus the southern race of the White-bellied Canary shows far less white on its belly.

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