French: Astrild du Niger German: Anambraastrild Spanish: Estrilda del Níger
SE Benin (lower R Ouémé)#R and S Nigeria (Onitsha, Forcados, R Nun, R Niger Delta, Badagri).
11–12 cm. Male has forehead to hindneck greyish-brown, upperparts dull olive-yellow, faintly barred, rump and uppertail-coverts plain red, tail dark brown, with red on... read more
Little known; "tzzzt" calls described.
Tall grasses and sedges (Cyperaceae) on sandy riverbanks, swamps, and sandy shores at estuaries,... read more
Food and feeding
Small seeds of sedges and grasses (of genera Kyllinga, Fimbristylis, Digitaria and Panicum), seeds and... read more
Thought to breed after river levels recede following Oct–Nov floods; bird with nest material observed in stand of elephant grass at... read more
Probably resident. Possibly some short-distance movement following flooding in severe rainy seasons... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Lower Niger Valley Secondary Area. Confined to few localities in SE Benin... read more
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