Finches (Fringillidae)

Yellow-fronted Canary (Serinus mozambicus) - HBW 15, p. 527

French: Serin du Mozambique German: Mosambikgirlitz Spanish: Serín Frentiamarillo
Other common names: Yellow-eyed/Icterine/Green Canary, Green Singing Finch

Taxonomy: Fringilla mozambica Statius Müller, 1776, Mozambique.
Following recent analysis of mitochondrial DNA, has been proposed that this species, along with S. leucopygia, S. citrinipectus 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. Birds on São Tomé, previously separated as race santhome, were introduced on that island in late 19th century and exhibit features within range of variation of mainland tando. .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Fringilla mozambica Statius Müller, 1776, Mozambique.
Following recent analysis of mitochondrial DNA, has been proposed that this species, along with S. leucopygia, S. citrinipectus 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. Birds on São Tomé, previously separated as race santhome, were introduced on that island in late 19th century and exhibit features within range of variation of mainland tando. Ten subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • caniceps ( d'Orbigny, 1839) - extreme S Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia S to N Sierra Leone and E to Nigeria and N Cameroon.
  • punctigula Reichenow, 1898 - C & S Cameroon.
  • barbatus ( Heuglin, 1864) - S Chad, Central African Republic and W & S Sudan S to E DRCongo, Uganda, SW Kenya and NW & C Tanzania.

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  • caniceps ( d'Orbigny, 1839) - extreme S Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia S to N Sierra Leone and E to Nigeria and N Cameroon.
  • punctigula Reichenow, 1898 - C & S Cameroon.
  • barbatus ( Heuglin, 1864) - S Chad, Central African Republic and W & S Sudan S to E DRCongo, Uganda, SW Kenya and NW & C Tanzania.
  • grotei W. L. Sclater & Mackworth-Praed, 1931 - E Sudan and W & SW Ethiopia.
  • gommaensis C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1945 - C & NW Ethiopia and W Eritrea.
  • tando W. L. Sclater & Mackworth-Praed, 1918 - São Tomé, Gabon, PR Congo, W & S DRCongo and Angola.
  • samaliyae C. M. N. White, 1947 - SE DRCongo, SW Tanzania and NE Zambia.
  • vansoni Roberts, 1932 - extreme SE Angola and NE Namibia E to SW Zambia.
  • mozambicus ( Statius Müller, 1776) - E Kenya S to C & S Mozambique, Zimbabwe, E & SE Botswana and NE South Africa (Limpopo and North West Province S to Free State).
  • granti Clancey, 1957 - extreme S Mozambique, E Swaziland and E South Africa (Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal S to S Eastern Cape).