Finches (Fringillidae)

Forest Canary (Serinus scotops) - HBW 15, p. 522

French: Serin forestier German: Waldgirlitz Spanish: Serín Forestal

Taxonomy: Crithagra scotops Sundevall, 1850, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Probably closest to S. koliensis, with which possibly conspecific or forming a superspecies. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • transvaalensis Roberts, 1940 - NE South Africa (N & E Limpopo).
  • umbrosus Clancey, 1964 - E & S South Africa from Mpumalanga and W KwaZulu-Natal S through S Eastern Cape (above 1070 m) to S Western Cape.
  • scotops ( Sundevall, 1850) - N Swaziland, E Lesotho and lowland S KwaZulu-Natal S to coastal Eastern Cape (below 920 m).