Finches (Fringillidae)

Streaky Seedeater (Serinus striolatus) - HBW 15, p. 535

French: Serin strié German: Strichelgirlitz Spanish: Serín Estriado
Other common names: Streaky Serin; Yellow-browed Seedeater, Southern Streaky Seedeater (whytii)

Taxonomy: Pyrrhula striolata Rüppell, 1840, Halai and Simen, 8000-10,000 feet [c. 2440-3050 m], Ethiopia.
Has previously been placed in genus Crithagra, and more recent mitochondrial DNA analysis indicates only distant relationship with other African serins, but detailed consideration of all taxa in present genus is required before full generic revision can be made. Race whytii sometimes treated as a separate species on basis of structure and morphology, but possibly best considered an incipient species; limited evidence from DNA analysis indicates close relationship between nominate and whytii. Proposed race affinis (described from Mt Kilimanjaro, in N Tanzania) synon.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Pyrrhula striolata Rüppell, 1840, Halai and Simen, 8000-10,000 feet [c. 2440-3050 m], Ethiopia.
Has previously been placed in genus Crithagra, and more recent mitochondrial DNA analysis indicates only distant relationship with other African serins, but detailed consideration of all taxa in present genus is required before full generic revision can be made. Race whytii sometimes treated as a separate species on basis of structure and morphology, but possibly best considered an incipient species; limited evidence from DNA analysis indicates close relationship between nominate and whytii. Proposed race affinis (described from Mt Kilimanjaro, in N Tanzania) synonymized with nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • striolatus ( Rüppell, 1840) - N Eritrea, Ethiopia and extreme SE Sudan S to W & C Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • graueri E. J. O. Hartert, 1907 - E DRCongo, SW Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
  • whytii Shelley, 1897 - S Tanzania and N Malawi.