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Lemon-breasted Canary | Crithagra citrinipectus

The Lemon-breasted Canary is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Fringillidae bird family group which includes birds such as Chaffinches, Canaries, Buntings.

The description for the Lemon-breasted Canary (Latin name Crithagra citrinipectus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Crithagra citrinipectus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 871 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1122. You will find a picture of the Lemon-breasted Canary on page 1136.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

The Latin name for this bird is Serinus citrinipectus in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Lemon-breasted Canary is known in Afrikaans as Geelborskanarie.

The Lemon-breasted Canary is near Endemic to the Southern African Region which means it is mainly found in this region but is not restricted here alone. The Crithagra citrinipectus can be found in other parts of the world.

The Lemon-breasted Canary has a height of 12 cms and weighs around 11 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured pink. The Crithagra citrinipectus has a white coloured throat, brown legs and a grey, brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Crithagra citrinipectus has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is grey

Eyes are brown

Bill is pink

Legs are brown

Throat is white

Back is grey, brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Lemon-breasted Canary is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Lemon-breasted Canary is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 3 eggs and they are coloured white.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.

The Lemon-breasted Canary is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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