Brown-rumped seedeater

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Brown-rumped seedeater
Serinus tristriatus -Ethiopia-8.jpg
In Ethiopia
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Serinus
Species: S. tristriatus
Binomial name
Serinus tristriatus
Rüppell, 1840

Crithagra tristriata

The brown-rumped seedeater (Serinus tristriatus) is a species of finch in the Fringillidae family. It is found in the highlands of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia. It is widespread in towns, villages gardens, plantations and upland heath.

The phylogeny has been obtained by Antonio Arnaiz-Villena et al.[2]


Foraging brown-rumped seedeater in Debre Berhan, Ethiopia

Length 13 cm. This is a drab uniform grey-brown canary with a small white supercillium. It has a plain (not streaked or spotted) breast with white under the chin. The uniformity of its drabness means its eponymous 'brown rump' is often not apparent.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Serinus tristriatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Zamora, J; Moscoso J; Ruiz-del-Valle V; Ernesto L; Serrano-Vela JI; Ira-Cachafeiro J; Arnaiz-Villena A (2006). "Conjoint mitochondrial phylogenetic trees for canaries Serinus spp. and goldfinches Carduelis spp. show several specific polytomies" (PDF). Ardeola. 53(1): 1–17. 
  • Sinclair, Ian & Ryan, Peter (2003) Birds of Africa south of the Sahara, Struik, Cape Town.