Finches (Fringillidae)

Black-throated Canary (Serinus atrogularis) - HBW 15, p. 523

French: Serin à gorge noire German: Angolagirlitz Spanish: Serí­n Gorjinegro
Other common names: Black-throated Seedeater/Serin, Southern Yellow-rumped Seedeater

Taxonomy: Linaria atrogularis A. Smith, 1836, around Kurrichane (Zeerust), North West Province, South Africa.
Thought to form a superspecies with S. reichenowi and S. xanthopygius, and previously considered conspecific with both. Was often considered to form a superspecies with S. leucopygius, but relationships with latter unclear; previously treated as conspecific with S. rothschildi. Race somereni tentatively recognized, but morphological and vocal differences from nominate not well established; further study desirable. Birds from SW Zambia (Chunga pool, in Sesheke) with cinnamon-buff tinge on underparts described as race seshekeensis, but differences from .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Linaria atrogularis A. Smith, 1836, around Kurrichane (Zeerust), North West Province, South Africa.
Thought to form a superspecies with S. reichenowi and S. xanthopygius, and previously considered conspecific with both. Was often considered to form a superspecies with S. leucopygius, but relationships with latter unclear; previously treated as conspecific with S. rothschildi. Race somereni tentatively recognized, but morphological and vocal differences from nominate not well established; further study desirable. Birds from SW Zambia (Chunga pool, in Sesheke) with cinnamon-buff tinge on underparts described as race seshekeensis, but differences from semideserti considered minimal. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • somereni E. J. O. Hartert, 1912 - NE DRCongo, C, SW & SE Uganda, W Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and NW Tanzania.
  • lwenarum C. M. N. White, 1944 - SE Gabon, S PRCongo, C & S DRCongo, C Angola, N & C Zambia and SW Tanzania.
  • semideserti Roberts, 1932 - S & E Angola and SW Zambia S to NE Namibia, N Botswana, W Zimbabwe and N South Africa (NW Limpopo).

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  • somereni E. J. O. Hartert, 1912 - NE DRCongo, C, SW & SE Uganda, W Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and NW Tanzania.
  • lwenarum C. M. N. White, 1944 - SE Gabon, S PRCongo, C & S DRCongo, C Angola, N & C Zambia and SW Tanzania.
  • semideserti Roberts, 1932 - S & E Angola and SW Zambia S to NE Namibia, N Botswana, W Zimbabwe and N South Africa (NW Limpopo).
  • deserti ( Reichenow, 1918) - SW Angola S to S Namibia and W South Africa (Northern Cape and North West Province).
  • atrogularis ( A. Smith, 1836) - Zimbabwe (except W), SE Botswana and N South Africa (SW Limpopo).
  • impiger Clancey, 1959 - C South Africa (SE North West Province and Mpumalanga S to Free State, N Eastern Cape and W KwaZulu-Natal) and Lesotho.