Alternative common names:
Saffron finches are garden birds throughout their native range, and they are also a common pet bird. They’re difficult for the untrained eye but females usually have darker and more pronounced black streaking on the back, and are slightly smaller than males.
Where does this species come from?
What is its invasive status in South Africa?
NEMBA Category 2
Where in South Africa is it a problem?
How does it spread?
Spread via pet trade
Why is it a problem?
Outcompetes indigenous bird species. They are quite aggressive towards other birds and with their own kind if they’re in groups.
What does it look like?
Description: Black maxilla (upper beak), pale mandible (lower beak), greenish yellow back, yellow under parts, wing and tail feathers are black lined with yellow, dark pink legs. The cock often has an orange forehead while the hen often has more dark streaks.
Habitat: Open and semi-open lowland areas (grasslands and brushy areas).
Breeding: When breeding, they may build their own nests in tree hollows or may make use of abandoned nests. They breed in summer and spring.