The Cape canary (Serinus canicollis) is a small passerine bird in the finch family. It is a resident breeder in southern Africa and has been introduced to Mauritius and Réunion.

Its habitat is fynbos, grassland and gardens, preferably in highland areas. It builds a compact cup nest in a scrub.



The Cape canary is 11–13 cm in length. The adult male has a green back with black edging to the wing feathers wings and tail. The underparts, rump and tail sides are yellow, and the lower belly is white. The rear head and neck are grey, and the face is cinnamon. The female is similar, but with a less grey on the head. The juvenile has greenish-yellow underparts with heavy brown streaking. This species is easily distinguished from the yellow-fronted canary by its lack of black face markings.

The Cape canary is a common and gregarious seedeater. Its call is tsit-it-it, and the song is warbled goldfinch-like trills and whistles given in display flight or from a high perch.
Cape Canary
Date Location Count
2020-09-19 07:12West Coast NP--West Coast Gate1
2020-09-21 07:30Rietvlei Wetlands Reserve4
2020-09-17 11:20Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden1
2020-09-08 17:08Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary4
2020-08-24 11:37Intaka Island4
2020-09-05 07:43Tokai Forest--Orphan Rd4
2020-09-22 11:05Tygerberg Nature Reserve1
2020-09-08 07:36Kirstenhof Wetland1
2020-09-01 16:08Strandfontein WTP3
2020-09-12 09:00Paarl Bird Sanctuary
2020-09-19 17:39Blaauwklippen Wine Estate (restricted access)2
2020-09-21 13:09Silver Tree Gorge Natural Heritage Site5
2020-09-12 16:22Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve10
2020-09-17 11:29Sandberg Fynbos Reserve
2020-09-20 10:42Knysna--Belvidere Estate1
2020-09-18 07:30Zuurbron farm
2020-08-26 06:00Kaapsehoop, Dandelion Cottage
2020-09-17 05:57Kaapschehoop/Blue Swallow Reserve
2020-09-16 06:43White River
2020-09-07 10:14Ncandu Nature Reserve1
2020-09-13 11:00Bulembu—Mt Emlembe1
2020-09-12 11:51Bulembu Country Lodge2
2020-09-02 09:25Hawane Reservoir7
2020-08-29 11:00Mahamba Gorge2
2020-09-19 14:09Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy10