Yellow-bellied Canary

Serinus dorsostriatus
(Crithagra dorsostriatus)

White-bellied Canary, Serinus dorsostriatus, photo © by Michael Plagens

Male observed in a farming area near Kapsabet, Rift Valley, Kenya. December 2014.

There are several similar canary species found in Kenya. They all plumage of yellow, greenish brown and black streaking on the back. The White-bellied Canary has the lower third to half of the belly pale to white. The conical bill is adapted to feeding on seeds by cracking open the hulls. Females also have dark streaking on the chest.

Fringillidae -- Finch Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 10 June 2011.