Brimstone Canary ( Crithagra sulphuratus, family: Fringillidae)

Birds & Birding in the Kruger National Park South Africa. In Roberts 6 this bird was called Bully Canary

brimstone canary kruger national park birds The Brimstone Canary (Latin name Crithagra sulphuratus) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 877 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 1125 also a picture of the Brimstone Canary on page 1136. The Brimstone Canary belongs to the family of birds classified as Fringillidae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Brimstone Canary is also known by these other names: Bully Seedeater, Sulphury Seedeater, Sulphur-coloured Seedeater.

In the previous edition of Roberts (ie 6th edition) the Brimstone Canary was called the Bully Canary. The Robert's 7 Latin name for Brimstone Canary has changed from Serinus sulphuratus in Robert's 6 to Crithagra sulphuratus.

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The Brimstone Canary is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park.

In terms of distribution of the Brimstone Canary in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Brimstone Canary has been recorded in only 1 sections of the arbitrary Kruger Park regions I selected.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

One of the first indicators to take note of when trying to identify a bird is it relative size. For example how big is the bird compared to a well known familiar bird. The Brimstone Canary is a small bird about the size of a house sparrow. Do not take this relative indicator as anything other than a rough easy to remember indicator. It is not a accurate visualization. The height of the Brimstone Canary is about 16 cms and its weight is about 29 gms

You will find that the male Brimstone Canary plumage and colours are different to that of the female Brimstone Canary

  • Head is green.
  • Eye is brown.
  • Bill is yellow.
  • Throat is yellow.
  • Back is green.
  • Legs are pink.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Brimstone Canary feeds on the ground and in foliage mainly




Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Brimstone Canary is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Crithagra sulphuratus will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of Brimstone Canary is to create the nest in branches of a tree or shrub. The bird lays eggs which are green in colour and number between 2 to 4

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Brimstone Canary are: woodlands and grasslands . The Brimstone Canary is also at home in wetland and bushveld areas.

You can expect to see Brimstone Canary in flocks, or pairs or as single birds.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Indweza/Indweza Eluhlaza

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Dikbekkanarie

German ... Schwefelgirlitz

Portuguese ... Canrio-girassol

French ... Serin soufr

Dutch ... Zwavelkanarie

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 877

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website ,