The adult male has a green back and brown wings and tail. The underparts and rump are yellow, and the head is yellow with a grey crown and nape, and black malar stripe. The female is similar, but with a weaker head pattern and duller underparts. Juveniles are greyer than the female, especially on the head. The yellow-fronted canary is 11?13 cm in length. It is known elsewhere and in aviculture as the green singing finch.

Habitat and Distribution

This bird is a resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Its habitat is open woodland and cultivation.


The yellow-fronted canary is a common, gregarious seedeater.


It nests in trees, laying 3?4 eggs in a compact cup nest.

Calls and Songs

Its song is a warbled zee-zeree-chereeo.