South African Yellow Canary
South African Yellow Canary

South African Yellow Canary

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The South African Yellow Canary (Serious flaviventris) is a small passerine bird in the finch family. It is a resident breeder in much of the western and central regions of southern Africa and has been introduced to Ascension and St Helena islands..

Interesting Facts:

It builds a compact cup nest in a scrub.

Its song is one and varied, a loud and vigorous, sweet-toned twitter. Several males often sing in concert.

Its call is chissick or cheree, and the song is a warbled zee-zeree-chereeo.


This species is easily distinguished from the Yellow-fronted Canary by its lack of black facial markings, and its bill is less heavy than that of other similar African Serinus species.

The South African Yellow Canary is typically 13 cm in length. The adult male color ranges from almost uniform yellow in the northwest of its range to streaked, olive backed birds in the southeast. The underparts, rump and tail sides are yellow. The female has grey-brown upperparts, black wings with yellow flight feathers, and a pale supercilium. The underparts are white with brown streaking. The juvenile resembles the female, but has heavier streaking.


Diet for South African Yellow Canary:

Paradise Pet Products Gouldians/Canary blend and greens.