A very plain gray-brown seedeater with a white throat and a yellow rump that is conspicuous in flight. Found locally in savanna, woodland, and cultivated areas, usually in small flocks. Similar to Reichenow’s Seedeater, but has a weaker facial pattern and usually less streaking below. Separated from White-rumped Seedeater by the yellow rump and the whiter throat. Also similar to Yellow-throated and Salvadori’s Serins, but separated by the white rather than yellow throat. The song is a constant stream of musical whistles and trills.