Afrikaans name: Geeloogkanarie
The Yellow-fronted Canary was previously called the Yellow-eyed Canary
The Yellow-fronted Canary is a small bird that used to be known as the Yellow-eyed Canary.
It is only about 12 cm in length. Male and females are similar but males are more brightly coloured.
The Yellow-fronted Canary feeds mainly on seeds. It may come to gardens where seed is put out but, from my observations, it prefers eating on the ground than from a bird feeder.
It is a common bird in South Africa and is normally seen in small flocks. Its range extends through most of sub-Saharan Africa.
This Canary is unfortunately a popular bird in the cage bird industry and large numbers are sold for that purpose. In that industry it is known as the Green Singing Finch.
References and further readingA First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 20
Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 119
Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 83
Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 226
Geoff Lockwood's Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Year Published: - Page: 153
Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 413
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 775
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 774
Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 442