French: Astrild nonnette German: Nonnenastrild Spanish: Estrilda monjita
Astrilda [sic] nonnula
Kudurma, South Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
E. n. nonnula
Hartlaub, 1883 – SE Nigeria (Mambilla and Obudu Plateaux, Gashaka-Gumti Game Reserve) and Cameroon E to NC & S Central African Republic, S South Sudan, Uganda and W Kenya, S to NW Gabon, N & E DRCongo (S to Itombwe Highlands) and NW Tanzania.
E. n. eisentrauti
Wolters, 1964 – Mt Cameroon (W Cameroon).
E. n. elizae
Alexander, 1903 – Bioko.
10–10·5 cm; 6·5–8·5 g (nominate). Male nominate race has forehead and crown down to lores and eye black, nape grey; upperparts, including upperwing-coverts, grey... read more
Contact call a thin, high-pitched buzzy "tseee, sszee", often downslurred "tssseeew... read more
Grassy secondary growth, grassy forest edges, neglected cultivation, farms and gardens. In W of... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds (especially Setaria), millet seeds; also flying termites (Isoptera) and possibly ants (Formicidae). Takes seeds... read more
Season Sept–Nov in Cameroon, Jul–Nov in NE DRCongo (Ituri), and Mar–Oct (mainly Apr–May) in Uganda. Courting male,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common in W of range; generally common in E of range; very common to abundant in some places. Record from C Benin in (B... read more
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