Appearance The Brimstone Canary is a small bird 5.5" (14cm). Stocky, in appearance, the male is brighter than the female or juveniles. He has yellow superciliary stripes and light, dusky-olive ear-coverts. His malar stripe, crown and nape are plain olive-green. His mantle and rump are olive-green, with dark streaks. His underparts are plain yellow. Females and Juveniles have faint streaking on the breast. This Canary has a heavy, horn coloured bill.
Habits The Brimstone Canary is one of the least sociable Canaries, found either alone, or in pairs. Often seen perched on bushes, fences, or grass stems.
Diet The Brimstone Canary is a seed eater, its heavy horn coloured bill is ideally adapted to crack open seeds. Very occasionally, if the situation presents itself, it will eat insects.
Resident The Brimstone Canary is commonly found in western Kenya, from the Highlands of Mt Kenya, across to Masai Mara and south, to Kilimanjaro.
Extra Facts The Brimstone Canary makes a cup-shaped nest out of dead plant and animal material, in the fork of a branch. The nest is just big enough to hold 4 - 5 eggs. The Brimstone Canary has a pleasant call, which is loud and prolonged and consists of twittering phrases and trills, rising at the end.
Photographs Photographed in Kenya's Nairobi National Park.