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Streaky-headed Seedeater | Crithagra gularis

The Streaky-headed Seedeater 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 Streaky-headed Seedeater (Latin name Crithagra gularis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Crithagra gularis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 881 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1129. You will find a picture of the Streaky-headed Seedeater on page 1121.

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.

This bird is known as Streaky-headed Canary in the Roberts 6th Edition. The Latin name for this bird is Serinus gularis in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Streaky-headed Seedeater is known in Afrikaans as Streepkopkanarie.

The Streaky-headed Seedeater has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 20 gms. The head is coloured brown, white while the bill is coloured brown. The Crithagra gularis has a grey, white coloured throat, brown legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are orange.

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 brown, white

Eyes are orange

Bill is brown

Legs are brown

Throat is grey, white

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Streaky-headed Seedeater 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 Streaky-headed Seedeater 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 2 to 5 eggs and they are coloured green.

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

The Streaky-headed Seedeater 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 found in the African bushveld

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

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."

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