Backyard Birds

Green Singing Finch or Yellow-fronted Canary

The Yellow-fronted Canary (Serinus mozambicus) is a small songbird that is a member of the finch family. It is known elsewhere and in aviculture as the Green Singing Finch.


This bird is a resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara Desert.

Breeding / Nesting

Its habitat is open woodland and cultivation. It nests in trees, laying 3-4 eggs in a compact cup nest.

In an aviary setting, the Green Singing Finch has a reputation for being aggressive and bullying towards other birds. Care should be taken what birds to place with them. Injury or death can result.


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.

Diet / Feeding

The Yellow-fronted Canary is a common, gregarious seedeater.

Song / Vocalization:

It song is a warbled zee-zeree-chereeo.

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