French: Astrild de Salvadori German: Salvadoriastrild Spanish: Estrilda de Salvadori
Other common names:
Shoa (Shewa), Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. salvadorii
Reichenow, 1892 – W & SE highlands of Ethiopia and N Kenya.
C. s. kilimensis
Moreau & W. L. Sclater, 1934 – S South Sudan, E Uganda, W, C & S Kenya and N Tanzania.
C. s. ruwenzori
W. L. Sclater, 1925 – mountains of Albertine Rift (in E DRCongo, SW Uganda, W Rwanda and W Burundi).
10–11 cm; 10·9-14 g. Male nominate has top of head to uppermost mantle dark olive-grey, rest of upperparts dark crimson-red, tail blackish; upperwing dark grey-... read more
Call a soft "tsip tsip" when flushed; song a soft plaintive "dee-goo-goo-dee", or high-pitched... read more
Montane-forest clearings and grassy edges, fern-covered ridges, thick forest undergrowth, bamboo... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of grasses, including Setaria, seeds of balsam (Impatiens) and stinging nettles (of genus Laportea);... read more
Season Apr and Aug in Ethiopia, and in Uganda breeds in Mar at Bwindi and in Jun and Nov on Mt Elgon; all records in dry months following... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common; rather patchily distributed. Densities of 1 bird/ha in primary forest at Kijabe, in S Kenya, and 17 birds/km2 at Chilimo, in C... read more
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