French: Amarante à ventre noir German: Schwarzbauchamarant Spanish: Amaranta ventrinegra
between White Nile and Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
L. r. forbesi
Neumann, 1908 – SE Senegal, SW Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and N Sierra Leone E to Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.
L. r. rara
(Antinori, 1864) – Cameroon E to South Sudan, NE DRCongo, Uganda and extreme W Kenya.
10–11 cm; 10 g. Male nominate race has head and upperparts to uppertail-coverts red, red fringes to lesser and median upperwing-coverts, flight-feathers brown, tail... read more
Contact call a loud nasal "keeyh" or "mew", sometimes in series and calls then increasing in... read more
Grassy N guinean savanna, base of rocks with water seepage, grass and thickets, common around... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds; small ants (Formicidae) and termites (Isoptera). Feeds on the ground. Forages in pairs and in small groups, often... read more
Recorded in Oct–Nov in Mali, May–Sept in Ghana, Jul–Nov in Nigeria, Oct in Cameroon and Sept–Nov in DRCongo. Male... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in much of range; rare in Senegal and N Liberia, and rather uncommon in E of range.
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