The yellow-fronted canary (Crithagra mozambicus), also called Yellow-eyed Canary, is a small passerine bird in the finch family. It is known elsewhere and in aviculture as the green singing finch.

The yellow-fronted canary was formerly placed in the genus Serinus but phylogenetic analysis using mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences found that the genus was polyphyletic. The genus was therefore split and a number of species including the yellow-fronted canary were moved to the resurrected genus Crithagra Swainson 1827.

This bird is a resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Its habitat is open woodland and cultivation. It nests in trees, laying 3–4 eggs in a compact cup nest.

The yellow-fronted canary is 11–13 cm in length. The adult male has a green back and brown wings and tail. The underparts and rump are yellow, and the head is yellow with a grey crown and nape, and black malar stripe. The female is similar, but with a weaker head pattern and duller underparts. Juveniles are greyer than the female, especially on the head.

The yellow-fronted canary is a common, gregarious seedeater. Its song is a warbled zee-zeree-chereeo.



Yellow-fronted Canary
Date Location Count
2020-08-21 09:15Ha'ena/Shipman's Beach (Beach Access Only)4
2020-09-06 11:53Lokowaka Pond1
2020-09-03 10:30Onekahakaha Beach County Park2
2020-09-06 13:10Liliuokalani Gardens, Coconut Island and Banyan Drive Hilo4
2020-09-05 08:00Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Reserve2
2020-08-23 09:15Pu'u O'o Trail, Kipuka Ainahou section (first 2 miles)1
2020-09-05 09:54Pu'u La'au, Palila Discovery Trail and Ka'ohe GMA4
2020-09-03 09:02Keokea Beach Park1
2020-09-03 13:15Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park and Puukohola Heiau2
2020-09-01 11:14Whittington Beach Park1
2020-08-27 06:16Kailua-Kona Town Area (not wilderness or upper elevations!)
2020-09-15 06:18Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant2
2020-09-08 10:08Kaloko-Honokohau NHP--Aimakapa Pond1
2020-09-05 08:28Waahila Ridge4
2020-09-16 09:44Ala Moana Park and State Recreation Area3
2020-09-16 09:25Aiea Ridge Trail and upper Aiea Loop Trail1
2020-08-28 10:01Pouhala Marsh1
2020-09-07 09:08Pearl Harbor NWR--Honouliuli Unit (restricted access)3
2020-09-01 09:10Mount Rubavu2
2020-08-22 08:13Ruhondo wetland2
2020-08-31 06:48Bigodi Swamp4
2020-08-29 07:40Bigodi Community Walk1
2020-08-22 08:01Griffin Falls Campsite4
2020-08-22 07:40Mabira Forest--Local Community Reserve1
2020-09-03 08:10Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle
2020-09-06 06:35Naboisho Conservancy
2020-09-11 10:30Menagesha Forest2
2020-09-06 08:30Bridge north of Chancho2
2020-08-29 06:26Marataba Lodge6
2020-09-05 14:23Marakele NP4
2020-09-06 09:02Cleveland Dam/Haka Game Park11
2020-09-05 07:08Borakalalo NP8
2020-09-17 08:06Entabeni Nature Reserve1
2020-09-18 06:14Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden5
2020-09-02 14:55Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve2
2020-08-30 07:28Mkhombo Nature Reserve5
2020-09-11 05:30Detweedespruit--Eastern side10
2020-08-22 11:10Marievale Bird Sanctuary1
2020-09-12 08:53Mabusa Nature Reserve1
2020-08-30 06:59Wilge River Valley (upper)
2020-08-29 07:10Ezemvelo Nature Reserve3
2020-09-05 14:35Loskop Dam Nature Reserve6
2020-09-01 09:50Kruger NP--Punda Maria Camp
2020-09-01 12:25Kruger NP--Bridge over Luvuvhu River
2020-09-02 07:02Kruger NP--Reedbuckvlei (restricted access)
2020-09-02 16:12Kruger NP--Crooks Corner
2020-08-26 05:30Suikerboschfontein Hiking Trail6
2020-09-17 05:57Kaapschehoop/Blue Swallow Reserve
2020-08-26 06:00Kaapsehoop, Dandelion Cottage
2020-08-29 09:12Nelspruit--Mataffin2
2020-09-16 06:43White River
2020-08-29 13:22Lowveld National Botanical Gardens--Bridge4
2020-09-14 16:45Nelspruit Nature Reserve
2020-09-09 06:20Steiltes Nature Reserve12
2020-09-18 05:50Mala-Mala Game Reserve30
2020-09-01 13:50Haller Park--Bamburi Nature Trail2
2020-08-22 13:23Ladysmith - Malandeni SW4
2020-09-02 09:25Hawane Reservoir2
2020-09-02 07:00Kruger NP--Skukuza-Nkuhlu Road/H4-1
2020-09-02 09:00Kruger NP--Lower Sabie-Nkuhlu Road (H4-1)
2020-09-08 13:15Matsapha Sewage Ponds1
2020-08-29 11:00Mahamba Gorge1
2020-08-20 16:05Komatipoort6
2020-09-07 05:47Dombeya Game Reserve25
2020-08-21 06:46Coopersdal
2020-08-29 07:10Albert Falls NR1
2020-08-23 08:20Hole in the Wall4
2020-08-22 06:32Manyoni GR - Mavela GL7
2020-08-28 06:15Eshowe - Dlinza Forest2
2020-08-21 15:30Hluhluwe-Imfolozi GR - Hilltop Camp
2020-09-01 10:33Phinda GR50
2020-09-10 06:00Kuleni Conservancy10
2020-09-05 11:00Dunes de Dovela15