Lemon-breasted Canary

Serinus citrinipectus (near endemic)

This near-endemic canary can be distinguished from other species by its pale lemon throat and breast, white belly and white wing bars.

It is not the easiest bird to locate in South Africa, with Pafuri (i.e. the Lala Palms near Crook’s Corner) and Bonamanzi Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu Natal being two of the more reliable spots to see them.
After missing them on numerous occasions at the Lala Palms near Crooks Corner, I finally caught up with this stunning species in March 2014 near the entrance gate to Bonamanzi (where they breed in summer).


Lemon-breasted Canary / Bonamanzi Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 24 March 2014 Lemon-breasted Canary – female & male / Bonamanzi Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal / 24 March 2014 Lemon-breasted-Canary_Bonamanzi,-KwaZulu-Natal_24-March-2013-15-CR-SM-VB-SH Lemon-breasted Canary / Bonamanzi Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal / 24 March 2014 Lemon-breasted Canary – female / Bonamanzi Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal / 24 March 2014 Lemon-breasted Canary / Bonamanzi Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal / 24 March 2014 Lemon-breasted Canary / Bonamanzi Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 24 March 2014
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