Finches (Fringillidae)

White-rumped Seedeater (Serinus leucopygius) - HBW 15, p. 522

French: Serin à croupion blanc German: Weißbürzelgirlitz Spanish: Serí­n Culiblanco
Other common names: White-rumped Canary/Siskin/Serin, Grey Canary

Taxonomy: Crithagra leucopygia Sundevall, 1850, Sennar, Ethiopia.
Has previously been placed in genus Crithagra. Following recent analysis of mitochondrial DNA, has been proposed that this species, along with S. citrinipectus, S. mozambicus and S. dorsostriatus, 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. Was often considered to form a superspecies with S. atrogularis, but relationships with latter unclear. Race pallens sometimes treated a.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Crithagra leucopygia Sundevall, 1850, Sennar, Ethiopia.
Has previously been placed in genus Crithagra. Following recent analysis of mitochondrial DNA, has been proposed that this species, along with S. citrinipectus, S. mozambicus and S. dorsostriatus, 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. Was often considered to form a superspecies with S. atrogularis, but relationships with latter unclear. Race pallens sometimes treated as a synonym of riggenbachi. Population in Rift Valley of C Ethiopia may represent an as yet undescribed race. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • riggenbachi Neumann, 1908 - S Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia E to S Niger, N Nigeria, C & S Chad, N Central African Republic and W Sudan.
  • pallens Vaurie, 1956 - N Niger (Aïr Mts).
  • leucopygius ( Sundevall, 1850) - C & S Sudan, N & C Eritrea, W & C Ethiopia, extreme NE DRCongo and NW Uganda.

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