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Brimstone Canary | Crithagra sulphuratus

The Brimstone 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 Brimstone Canary (Latin name Crithagra sulphuratus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Crithagra sulphuratus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 877 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1125. You will find a picture of the Brimstone 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.

This bird is known as Bully Canary in the Roberts 6th Edition. The Latin name for this bird is Serinus sulphuratus in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Brimstone Canary is known in Afrikaans as Dikbekkanarie.

The Brimstone Canary has a height of 16 cms and weighs around 29 gms. The head is coloured green while the bill is coloured yellow. The Crithagra sulphuratus has a yellow coloured throat, pink legs and a green coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Crithagra sulphuratus 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 green

Eyes are brown

Bill is yellow

Legs are pink

Throat is yellow

Back is green

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Brimstone Canary is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage

The Crithagra sulphuratus attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten

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

The Crithagra sulphuratus forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Brimstone 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 2 to 4 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 Brimstone 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 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 ...

The Brimstone Canary is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

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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