The Green Singing Finch (Yellow-fronted Canary)

Green Singing Finch8,11,12
Serinus mozambicus, 11 subspecies
True Finch
Reproduction:Prolific but can be challenging
Singing ability:Excellent
Compatibility:Pushy, mixes well with other pushy species
[Compatibility Chart]
Size:5" (12.7 cm)
Approx. cost:$100-200 (US) per pair

Other common names

Green Canary, Green Singing Finch, Green Sisie, Icterine Canary, Mozambique Serin, Yellow-fronted Canary, Yelloweyed Canary, Yellow-eyed Canary, Yellow-fronted Seedeater, Green Singer



Area of distribution



Active, may become territorial when breeding.

Physical descriptions

Grey head with two bright yellow streaks: one above the eyes ("eyebrow streak") and one below the eyes. Bright yellow plumage covers the entire underside of the bird, extending from the chin down to the undertail. The top of the neck, back, wings, and tail are a greenish grey with yellow margins to the wing and tail feathers.


Hens are duller overall and often have a line of grey feathers extending across the lower throat, resembling a grey necklace. Only the cock sings, though hey may not sing year-round.


Song clip (.mp3, .04 MB)


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Green Singing Finch

Green Singing Finch
Photo by Charles Lam.

Green Singing Finch
Photo by Charles Lam.

Favorite foods

Canary seed, green food, mealworms.

Natural habitat

No data.


Green Singing Finches only pair up for the breeding season, after which time they separate.

Special considerations

Because males can be aggressive towards one another (although they are not usually aggressive to other species), only one pair should be housed per enclosure. Green Singing Finches are related to the wild canary (S. canarius), and have been hybridized with canaries (Green Singing cock × Border or Roller canary hen) to produce fertile offspring. Green Singing finches could also potentially hybridize with other canaries and closely related species such as the Gray Singing Finch (S. leucopygius). They tend to be long-lived (a captive life span of 10+ years is not uncommon). Serinus mozambicus is a species listed in the CITES Appendices, meaning that international trade of the Green Singing Finch (export, import) is restricted. Therefore if you obtain a pair, you should strongly consider breeding them to continue their availability in captivity.

Breeding season

No data.

Breeding tips

Only house one pair per enclosure. The often rough courtship (where the male tends to pluck some of the female's feathers) lasts about one week before the pair settles down. They build a cup-shaped nest and may accept a half-open nest box or a canary nest basket. Eggs are pale blue in color and incubated by the hen. The cock does not incubate, but does feed the hen while she is sitting on the eggs. Once the chicks hatch, provide plenty of live food and soft food for the pair to feed their young.

Life Cycle

Clutch size:2-4
Incubation:Done by the hen
Hatch date:After 13 days of incubation
Fledge date:At 18 days of age

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