Yellow rumped Serin
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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  • Scientific Name:  Serinus atrogularis
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin: 7. Serinus a. xanthopygius = Abyssinian Yellow rumped Serin.
  • Origin / Distribution: Tropical Africa
  • Habitat In Wild:  ?
  • Status In Wild:  ?
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity:  Rare
  • Age To Sexual Maturity:  ?
  • Adult plumage: attained at about ? months  
  • Best breeding years (estimate):  2nd - 5th.
  • Lifespan (estimate):  approx. ? years
  • Sexing:  Monomorphic / Dimorphic
  • Colour mutations: No
  • Availability:  Specialist breeders and some bird dealers.
  • Temperament: They are good singers.
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $2000
  • Description Of Adults: Similar to the Grey singer finch.
  1. Length: Approx. 120 - 140 mm (or approx. 5 inches)
  2. Colour ("normal" colour): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx. 12 gms (or approx 0.4 - 0.5 ozs)

Serinus atrogularis is listed on the Australian Government list as the Southern Yellow rumped Seedeater.

Serinus atrogularis xanthopygius  is a sub-species and listed on the Australian Government list as the Abyssinian Yellow rumped Seedeater.

Aviary Notes:

Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.

Government Regulations & By-Laws:  Refer to "Government Laws" web page.

Housing Requirements:  Click on "Housing birds" web page for general details on the housing of Non Australian Finches or read on for specific details for this finch.

May be kept with other finches but with their rarity in Australian aviaries it would be best to give each pair an aviary of their own.

Diet / Feeding:  Click on "Feeding birds" web page for general details on the nutrition of  Non Australian Finches or read on for specific details for this finch.

Good quality finch mix, seeding grasses and some fruits (e.g. apple) and some leafy green vegetables can be offered.  Live food is not essential in the non-breeding season but is beneficial at breeding season.  Mealworms, crickets and small locusts can be offered.  Sprouted or soaked seed if available.

Basic seed mix should include Canary seed, White French Millet, Japanese Millet, and Yellow and Red Panicum.

The Yellow rumped serin has a similar feed requirement as Canaries and the "soft foods" as provided for Canaries will be consumed.

Nesting:  A basic overview only.

  • Roosting nest: Yes / No
  • Nesting months:  Spring to autumn.
  • Nesting receptacles:  The hen will build a nest in a shrub or dry brush such as tea tree.  Equally it will build a nest in a wide variety of artificial nests.  Will use a half open nest box or a canary nest.
  • Nest:  Nest is lined with feathers and soft fine grasses.
  • Who incubates the eggs: Hen / cock / both share.

More details on finch nests and a selection of finch nest photos can be located on the "nests", "finch nests" and "finch nest photos" web pages.  Click on "Up" then "nests" then "finch nests" and "finch nests photos" in the navigation bars.

Breeding: Egg Colour ?.  Clutch/s per year 2 - 3.  Eggs per nest 2 - 4.  Incubation approx 13 - 14 days.  Fledge approx. 21 days.  Independent approx another 3weeks.

Artificial incubation, hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site.  It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.  Refer "Specific References" as listed below and "General References" listings.

Health Issues: Refer "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.

  • Worming and parasite control and Quarantine requirements of new birds or sick birds are considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web site.  Refer above option - "Avian Health Issues" web page.
  • Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace.  Keep updating your knowledge and skills.

General References:  Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.

Specific References:

  • Australian Aviculture

  • Australian Birdkeeper

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