Appearance The African Citril is a tiny, 4.5" (11cm) bird. It features a strong bill, designed to crack grass seeds. The adult male has a black face and very prominent, yellow superciliary stripes that usually extend to the forehead. The upperparts are olive-green, heavily streaked with black and showing yellow wing-bars. The underparts are plain yellow. The female has heavily streaked olive-green upperparts and equally streaked greenish-yellow underparts. Immature birds are more brown and heavily streaked.
Habits African Citrils are usually seen in flocks numbering ten or twelve individuals, sometimes more.
Diet Like many other seed-eaters, African Citrils will sometimes eat insects e.g. termites.
Resident African Citrils are seen only in the west of Kenya, as far east as Nairobi. A common resident of moist highland forest edges, cultivated areas and gardens above 1500 metres.
Extra African Citril Facts The African Citril is now recognised as three different species and the form photographed in this group is Crithagra citrinelloides kikuyuensis. Similar to Siskins in appearance.
Photographs Photographed in Nairobi National Park.