French: Astrild à moustaches German: Elfenastrild Spanish: Estrilda carinegra sureña
“l’Indie“; error = Kurrichane, northern South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
E. e. delamerei
Sharpe, 1900 – SW Uganda, SW Kenya and W & C Tanzania.
E. e. erythronotos
(Vieillot, 1817) – S Angola, SW Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, W Zimbabwe and N South Africa (Limpopo S to Northern Cape and W Free State).
11–12 cm; 7·9–10·2 g. Male nominate race has forehead to nape dull grey-brown, forehead paler, lower nape and sides of neck grey, lores to ear-coverts and chin black; mantle... read more
Close contact call during foraging is a high-pitched “tip-tip”; alarm call is shorter and more... read more
Acacia (Acacia) scrub and thickets, riverine thornbush. In Kenya, race delamerei... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds, also small insects and nectar. In N South Africa, grass seeds taken were those of Panicum laevifolium, P.... read more
Season Jan and Feb (perhaps also Nov) in Zambia; in E Africa breeds in long rains, Apr–Jun in Kenya and Jun in Tanzania (Serengeti); Jan–... read more
Resident; some local movements, e.g. E of main range in Zambia in Jul–Oct, perhaps representative... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally fairly common in E Africa; sparse and very local in Zimbabwe, mainly in W & S of C plateau; elsewhere in S of range, main... read more
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