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Finches (Fringillidae)

Reichard's Seedeater (Serinus reichardi) - HBW 15, p. 530

French: Serin de Reichard German: Miombogirlitz Spanish: Serín de Reichard
Other common names: Stripe-breasted Seedeater/Serin

Taxonomy: Poliospiza reichardi Reichenow, 1882, Kakoma, near Tabora, Tanzania.
Thought to form a superspecies with S. gularis, and previously considered conspecific. On basis of limited mitochondrial DNA analysis, both species, together with S. mennelli, sometimes placed in genus Poliospiza, indicating only distant relationship with other African members of present genus; further, race striatipectus possibly a distinct species. Detailed consideration of all taxa in current genus is required, however, before species limits or a full generic revision can be made. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • striatipectus ( Sharpe, 1891) - extreme S & SE Sudan, W & CS Ethiopia and W & C Kenya.
  • reichardi ( Reichenow, 1882) - W, C & S Tanzania, S & SE DRCongo, Zambia and Malawi.

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