I have posted about them before, yet I think these lovely birds need another airing as it were. Their name, Streaky-headed Seed-eater (Crithagra gularis) is is very apt for they have a streaky head and eat seeds. That said, the subtle beauty of this otherwise fairly nondescript little bird grows on one and closer observation reveals a number of interesting traits. The streaky head is easy to identify for it has a long white eyebrow and pale streaks on top of head.

I have come to enjoy their presence enormously. Their natural habitat is open woodland and scrub as well as gardens and my rather unkempt garden happily falls into this description. For many years they mainly occupied the back garden, where they visited the patches of grass I leave to go to seed. Once they discovered the fine seed in the bird feeders in the front garden, there is a pair that has become regular visitors. This one is inspecting Morrigan’s ‘bench’ feeder.

They often eat the seeds that fall to the ground too, although at this level they have to compete with a flock of Laughing Doves and a variety of weavers.

I enjoy their sweet whistling sound. The soft ‘trreet, trreet’ seems as if they are saying ‘miss you, miss you’. This one is looking a little quizzical.

While it soon becomes coy and seems a little shy of all the attention from my camera.


    • They are very dear birds which tend to wait until the main rush of feeding is over so that they can take their time to feed unhindered by the rude weavers, for example.


    • As with a number of birds, these used to visit infrequently. I think the prolonged drought conditions might have led to them becoming more regular visitors over the past few years. I generally see only one pair (at a time at least!) and only once have seen three together.

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  1. We never realize how something …. even birds are such a part of our lives ….. until they are no longer there.
    We used to hear an owl in the night and see roadrunners during the day. Then I realized they were no longer around.
    I think it was because the area started building up more. There used to be few homes and now so many. Too many!


    • The encroachment of buildings certainly leads to the destruction of natural habitat as well as introducing noise and light pollution. Sadly, we too have not seen owls around here for a long time.

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