Black-headed Canary (Alario alario) - HBW 15, p. 538
French: Serin alario
Spanish: Serín Alario
Other common names: Mountain Canary; Damara (Blackhead)/Namibia Canary (leucolaemus)
Taxonomy: Emberiza alario Linnaeus, 1758, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Genus often subsumed within Serinus, but differs morphologically and separate status more appropriate. Race leucolaemus has previously been treated as a separate species, but intergrades widely with nominate in NW South Africa; further research required. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- leucolaemus Sharpe, 1903 - S Namibia and NW & WC South Africa (Northern Cape E to W Free State).
- alario ( Linnaeus, 1758) - W & C South Africa (C Northern Cape E to S Free State, S to C & S Karoo) and Lesotho.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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