Finches (Fringillidae)

Black-faced Canary (Serinus capistratus) - HBW 15, p. 521

French: Serin à masque noir German: Zügelgirlitz Spanish: Serín Carinegro

Taxonomy: Crithagra capistrata Finsch, 1870, Golungo Alto, 1800-2800 feet [c. 550-850 m], Angola.
Previously placed in genus Crithagra. Recent analysis of mitochondrial DNA indicates only distant relationship with other African members of present genus, and it has been proposed that this species be placed in a separate genus, Dendrospiza, along with nominate race and race hypostictus of S. citrinelloides. Detailed consideration of all taxa in current genus is required, however, before full generic revision can be made. Forms a superspecies with S. citrinelloides. Has in the past been treated as conspecific with S. koliensis. Two subs.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Crithagra capistrata Finsch, 1870, Golungo Alto, 1800-2800 feet [c. 550-850 m], Angola.
Previously placed in genus Crithagra. Recent analysis of mitochondrial DNA indicates only distant relationship with other African members of present genus, and it has been proposed that this species be placed in a separate genus, Dendrospiza, along with nominate race and race hypostictus of S. citrinelloides. Detailed consideration of all taxa in current genus is required, however, before full generic revision can be made. Forms a superspecies with S. citrinelloides. Has in the past been treated as conspecific with S. koliensis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • capistratus ( Finsch, 1870) - C & SW Gabon and S PRCongo E, discontinuously, to E DRCongo and W Burundi and S, very locally, to N Angola, SE DRCongo and N Zambia.
  • hildegardae Rand & Traylor, 1959 - WC Angola.

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