French: Amarante pointé German: Pünktchenamarant Spanish: Amaranta barrada
Cape Coast Castle, Ghana
Subspecies and Distribution
L. r. rufopicta
(Fraser, 1843) – Senegal, Gambia, SW Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Sierra Leone E to Nigeria, Cameroon, S Chad and Central African Republic.
L. r. lateritia
Heuglin, 1864 – South Sudan, NE DRCongo, W Ethiopia, Uganda and SW Kenya.
9–10 cm; 8·2-11·2 g (nominate). Nominate race has crown to back and upperwing-coverts rather dark, dull earth-brown, rump and uppertail-coverts red, tail black with... read more
Contact call 1–2 short rising and falling notes, "kewp" or "kewp-kewp"; alarm call a sharp... read more
Grassland and acacia (Acacia) savanna, wet marshes, often near villages and along dirt... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds (diameter 1–2 mm). Feeds on ground. Forages in pairs and in small groups; often associates with other estrildids.
Season in second half of rains and into early dry season: May–Sept in S Ghana, Jul–Nov in Nigeria and May in Uganda. Courting... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to locally common.
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