Yellow Canary (Serinus flaviventris) - HBW 15, p. 528
French: Serin de Sainte-Hélène
Spanish: Serín Amarillo
Other common names: Shell Canary, Yellow Sysie
Taxonomy: Loxia flaviventris J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Cape of Good Hope = Berg River, Cape Province, South Africa.
Sometimes considered conspecific with S. dorsostriatus, but may not be closely related. Races intergrade. In South Africa, proposed race hesperus (described from Port Nolloth, in NW Northern Cape Province) is considered an intergrade between nominate race and marshalli, and quintoni (from Hillmore, near Beaufort West, in E Western Cape) is likewise a synonym of nominate; aurescens (from Kenhardt-Brandvlei road, in C Northern Cape) is synonymized with marshalli. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- damarensis ( Roberts, 1922) - SW Angola, Namibia (except extreme S), Botswana and adjacent South Africa (extreme NE Northern Cape).
- flaviventris ( J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - extreme S Namibia and W & SW South Africa (E to W Eastern Cape).
- marshalli Shelley, 1902 - SE Botswana, N & C South Africa (Limpopo Province S to Northern Cape, Free State and N Eastern Cape) and lowlands of Lesotho.
- guillarmodi ( Roberts, 1936) - highlands of Lesotho.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird hopping and calling. Locality Struisbaai, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp flaviventris)
Keith Blomerley 7 October 2004 9 years ago 27 sec 4.2
A juvenile perched on a bush Locality De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp flaviventris)
Greg Baker 2 October 2002 3 years ago 21 sec 4
A male perched and singing Locality West Coast National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp flaviventris)
Greg Baker 24 September 2002 3 years ago 21 sec 3.3
A male calling from the top of a bush. Locality Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve, North West Province, South Africa (ssp flaviventris)
Keith Blomerley 28 January 2007 8 years ago 23 sec 2.9
A female sitting at the top of a tree, calling once. Locality Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve, North West Province, South Africa (ssp flaviventris)
Keith Blomerley 29 January 2007 8 years ago 31 sec 2.8
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Yellow canary on river boulders looking for a drink
Locality Rawsonville, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Louis Groenewald 27 October 2013 1 year ago 4.8
Frontal view of perched bird
Locality De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp flaviventris)
Mikko Pyhälä 20 March 2015 23 weeks ago 4.6
Drinking in company of other species
Locality Ghanzi District, Botswana
Marco Valentini 6 August 2010 4 years ago 4.5
On a protea
Locality Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 26 November 2012 2 years ago 4.4
Adult male perched
Locality Sani Pass, Lesotho
Markus Lilje 17 October 2014 7 weeks ago 4.3
A male perched on a fence.
Locality De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa
David Beadle 28 January 2011 3 years ago 3.8