Finches (Fringillidae)

White-bellied Canary (Serinus dorsostriatus) - HBW 15, p. 529

French: Serin à ventre blanc German: Weißbauchgirlitz Spanish: Serín Dorsiestriado
Other common names: Somali Canary

Taxonomy: Crithagra dorsostriata Reichenow, 1887, Wembere, Tabora, Tanzania.
Has previously been placed in genus Crithagra. Following recent analysis of mitochondrial DNA, has been proposed that this species, along with S. leucopygia, S. citrinipectus and S. mozambicus, be placed in a separate genus, Ochrospiza, only distantly related to other African members of present genus; detailed consideration of all taxa in current genus is required, however, before full revision can be made. Has sometimes been thought conspecific with S. flaviventris, but probably closer to S. mozambicus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • maculicollis Sharpe, 1895 - extreme SE Sudan, E, C & S Ethiopia, Somalia, NE Uganda and N Kenya.
  • dorsostriatus ( Reichenow, 1887) - SE Uganda, W Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • taruensis van Someren, 1921 - C & SE Kenya S to NE Tanzania.

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