Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Black-rumped Waxbill (Estrilda troglodytes)


Taxonomy

French: Astrild cendré German: Grauastrild Spanish: Estrilda culinegra
Taxonomy:

F[ringilla]. Troglodytes

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1823,

Senegambia

.

See E. rufibarba (above). Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea E to S Sudan, W Eritrea and W Ethiopia, and S to NE DRCongo, Uganda and SW Kenya; recent records from N Tanzania#R. Introduced in Caribbean (Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Martinique), Hawaiian Is, Japan and Spain.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; 6·9-8·2 g. Male has lores and eyestripe to above ear-coverts red; forehead to back light grey-brown, back finely barred dark grey, rump and uppertail-coverts black,... read more

Voice

Calls include harsh "chuur", "chew-tch-tch", nasal downslurred "jeeeu... read more

Habitat

Grassy woodlands, dense woods and thickets, bases of inselbergs, dry grassland, abandoned... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of grasses and herbs; also small insects, including termites (Isop­tera). Takes seeds from fruiting head while perched on a grass... read more

Breeding

Season Jul–Dec in Senegal and Gambia, recently fledged young in Oct in Togo, laying in Jul and Aug in Nigeria, Jun–Jul in Sudan... read more

Movements

Resident. Possibly a wet-season breeding visitor in Ghana coastal thicket in Mar–Nov and in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon. Very patchily distributed in W of range, where generally not common, but very common in some places, e.g. parts of Gambia... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2017). Black-rumped Waxbill (Estrilda troglodytes). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/61113 on 24 October 2017).