The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Yellow-fronted Canary

Afrikaans name: Geeloogkanarie

Yellow-fronted Canary

The Yellow-fronted Canary was previously called the Yellow-eyed Canary

Photo © Steven Herbert

Serinus mozambicus

The Yellow-fronted Canary is a small bird that used to be known as the Yellow-eyed Canary.

It is only about 12 cm in length. Male and females are similar but males are more brightly coloured.

The Yellow-fronted Canary feeds mainly on seeds. It may come to gardens where seed is put out but, from my observations, it prefers eating on the ground than from a bird feeder.

It is a common bird in South Africa and is normally seen in small flocks. Its range extends through most of sub-Saharan Africa.

Yellow-fronted Canary

Photo © Steven Herbert

This Canary is unfortunately a popular bird in the cage bird industry and large numbers are sold for that purpose. In that industry it is known as the Green Singing Finch.

References and further reading

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 67

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 190

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 366

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 204

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 406

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 442

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 129

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 774

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 775

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 606

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 595

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 413

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 117

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 436

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 436

Newmans Garden Birds - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1991 - Page: 124

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 326

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 148

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 153

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 83

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Published: 2005 - Page: 77

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 226

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 273

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 119

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 120

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 290

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 228

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 326

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 20

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 20


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