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Streaky Seedeater
Streaky seedeater.jpg
race graueri in Bwindi Forest NP, Uganda
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Serinus
Species: S. striolatus
Binomial name
Serinus striolatus
(Rüppell, 1840)

The Streaky Seedeater (Serinus striolatus) is a species of finch in the Fringillidae family. It is said to be found in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia[1], although it may be replaced by the Yellow-browed Seedeater (Serinus whytii), in Tanzania[2].

The Yellow-browed Seedeater (Serinus whytii) has been treated as a race of the Streaky Seedeater[3].


14–15 centimetres (5.5–5.9 in) long. This is a large, heavily streaked, brown canary with a white (not yellow) supercilium and throat. It has a heavier bill than other seedeaters that share the same teritory[2]. One source[3] describes it has having variable greenish edges to the primaries (see photograph on left).

The western Uganda graueri race is deeper buff-brown below[3].

Status and Habitat[edit]

It is common and widespread in in the highlands of East Africa and Ethiopia from 1300-4300m, where it inhabits moorland heath, forest edge, rank vegetation, gardens and cultivation[3].


It has a rich, often fairly slow, thrush-like song as well as a loud melodic 'si-wioouu' call[3].


  1. ^ "BirdLife International 2009". 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Sinclair & Ryan 2003, p. 722
  3. ^ a b c d e Stevenson & Fanshawe 2002, p. 568

Works cited[edit]

  • Sinclair, Ian; Ryan, Peter (2003). Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Cape Town: Struik. 
  • Stevenson, Terry; Fanshaw, John (2002). A Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa.