French: Capucin bec-d’argent German: Afrikasilberschnabel Spanish: Capuchino picoplata africano
J. F. Gmelin
Subspecies and Distribution
E. c. cantans
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – C & S Mauritania and Senegambia E to Niger, N Nigeria, Chad, W Sudan and NW South Sudan; also S Algeria (origin of birds uncertain)#R.
E. c. orientalis
(L. Lorenz von Liburnau & Hellmayr, 1901) – extreme SE Egypt (Gebel Elba), E Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, SE South Sudan, extreme NE Uganda, Kenya and N Tanzania, and S Arabian Peninsula (SW Saudi Arabia, Yemen, W Oman).
11 cm; 10–14 g (nominate). Nominate race is mostly light brown above, head normally more tawny, crown scaly, upperwing duller earth-brown with variable brownish bars,... read more
Call of male a sharp, thin loud "tseep", of female a double-noted "tsiptsip". Song a series of... read more
Savanna, subdesert steppe and villages, dry acacia (Acacia) grassland, thorn-scrub, edge... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, mainly of grasses, also of weeds and small shrubs; few insects, e.g. aphids (Aphidoidea). Forages mostly on ground; seeds picked... read more
Season varies regionally, mainly late rainy season, Oct–Apr in Mauritania, Nov–Jan in Senegal, Feb–May and Sept in... read more
Resident in most of range; seasonal wandering linked with rainfall. Local migrant in Sudan, where... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Scarce to locally common in W of range; common to locally common in E. Common in S Arabia. Recorded in S Algeria, where small colony developed, but... read more
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