Northern Grosbeak-canary Crithagra donaldsoni
(aka Ethiopian Grosbeak-canary Serinus donaldsoni)
Northern Grosbeak-canary, Bogol-Manyo Road, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image

January 2016

The Northern Grosbeak-canary is distributed in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in semi-arid bush at up to 1,800 metres.

The male, shown here, is a large canary with a large pinkish bill. it is dark olive-green above with heavy streaks and bright yellow below with streaked flanks and a white vent. The female are whitish below with heavy brown streaks.

Although not classed as vulnerable it does seem to be fairly uncommon.

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