French: Astrild à tête noire German: Kappenastrild Spanish: Estrilda capirotada
J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux
Subspecies and Distribution
E. a. atricapilla
J. P. Verreaux & J. B. É. Verreaux, 1851 – S Cameroon S to Congo, E to NC DRCongo.
E. a. avakubi
Traylor, 1964 – NW & NE Angola (Cabinda, N Lunda Norte) and SW & C DRCongo.
E. a. marungensis
Prigogine, 1975 – Marungu Mts, in SE DRCongo.
10–10·5 cm; one bird 7–8 g (nominate). Male nominate race has forehead, crown and nape down to lores and eye black; upperparts, including upperwing-coverts,... read more
High thin "psee" and "tsree" calls, and short "psit"; similar to... read more
Forest clearings with tall grasses and sedges (Cyperaceae), and grassy patches around villages and... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds, ants (Formicidae), winged termites (Isoptera). Takes growing seeds while it clings to stems of tall grass; picks fallen... read more
Nests in Sept, Nov–Feb, Apr and Jun in Gabon and Jun and Oct in NE DRCongo (Avakubi). In courtship, male holds a piece of grass in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common, and locally abundant; uncommon in Angola. Density of 4–8 birds/ha recorded in Gabon.
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