Finches (Fringillidae)

Brimstone Canary (Serinus sulphuratus) - HBW 15, p. 529

French: Serin soufré German: Schwefelgirlitz Spanish: Serín Azufrado
Other common names: Brimstone Serin, Bully Canary/Seedeater

Taxonomy: Loxia sulphurata Linnaeus, 1766, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
May be part of the superspecies formed by S. donaldsoni and S. buchanani. Proposed races loveridgei (described from Lumbo, in NE Mozambique) is synonymized with sharpii, and languens (from Manhica, in S Mozambique) with wilsoni. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sharpii Neumann, 1900 - C, SW & E Angola, NE & SE DRCongo E to WC & S Kenya, NE & S Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and N & C Mozambique.
  • wilsoni ( Roberts, 1936) - S Mozambique, Swaziland and E South Africa (E Limpopo S to KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape).
  • sulphuratus ( Linnaeus, 1766) - S South Africa (S Western Cape and W Eastern Cape).