European serin Serinus serinus, copyright Luis García.

Belongs within: Carduelinae.

Serinus, the canaries, is a genus of finches found in Europe and Africa. Members of this genus have yellowish or greenish streaked plumage. The best known species is the canary Serinus canaria, widely kept around the world as a cage bird; domestic forms of this species have commonly been bred to be entirely yellow in coloration.

<==Serinus Koch 1816 [Serininae] M02
    |--+--S. canaria (Linnaeus 1758) JT12, CC10 [=Fringilla canaria CC10, S. canarius (l. c.) CC10]
    |  `--S. serinus JT12
    `--+--S. pusillus JT12
       `--+--S. alario JT12 [=Alario alario BKB15]
          `--+--S. canicollis JT12
             `--S. flavivertex (Blanford 1869) JT12, S05 [=S. canicollis flavivertex S05]

Serinus incertae sedis:
  S. ankoberensis JT12
  S. buchanani JT12
  S. butyracea [=Crithagra butyracea] L81
  S. donaldsoni JT12
  S. estherae JT12
  S. flavigula JT12
  S. frontalis JT12
  S. icterus [incl. Crithagra chrysopyga] S66
  S. koliensis JT12
  S. leucopterus JT12
  S. melanochrous JT12
  S. menachensis JT12
  S. nigriceps Rüppell 1840 S05
  S. rothschildi JT12
  S. rufobrunneus JT12
  S. symonsi JT12
  S. syriacus JT12
  S. tristriatus JT12
  S. xantholaemus JT12
  S. xanthopygius Rüppell 1840 JT12, S05 [=S. atrogularis xanthopygius S05]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BKB15] Burleigh, J. G., R. T. Kimball & E. L. Braun. 2015. Building the avian tree of life using a large-scale, sparse supermatrix. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 84: 53–63.

[CC10] Checklist Committee (OSNZ). 2010. Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand, Norfolk and Macquarie Islands, and the Ross Dependency, Antarctica 4th ed. Ornithological Society of New Zealand and Te Papa Press: Wellington.

[JT12] Jetz, W., G. H. Thomas, J. B. Joy, K. Hartmann & A. Ø. Mooers. 2012. The global diversity of birds in space and time. Nature 491: 444–448.

[L81] Long, J. L. 1981. Introduced Birds of the World: The worldwide history, distribution and influence of birds introduced to new environments. Reed: Sydney.

[M02] Mlíkovský, J. 2002. Cenozoic Birds of the World. Part 1: Europe. Ninox Press: Praha.

[S66] Schlegel, H. 1866. Communication from, on mammals and birds collected in Madagascar. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 419–426.

[S05] Steinheimer, F. D. 2005. Eduard Rüppel’s avian types at the Natural History Museum, Tring (Aves). Senckenbergiana Biologica 85 (2): 233–264.

Last updated: 5 July 2019.

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