Protea Canary Crithagra leucoptera

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A large, unstreaked drab-brown canary with a black chin, a white throat, a pale bill, and two distinctive wingbars visible at close range. Pairs and small groups prefer Protea-dominated heathlands and semi-arid scrublands, where they are furtive, foraging for seeds and insects. It has a typical sweet canary song including some imitations of other species, and the call is a distinctive two-note whistle “treeo-heee.” The similar White-throated Canary differs from Protea Canary by having a white chin and throat, a yellow-green rump, and plain wings lacking wingbars. The Streaky-headed Seedeater has a pale throat and a long broad eyebrow.

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