Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Data Deficient

Black-lored Waxbill (Estrilda nigriloris)


French: Astrild à masque noir German: Schwarzzügelastrild Spanish: Estrilda ojinegra

Estrilda nigriloris


, 1928,

Kiabo, River Lualaba, DRCongo


Frequently considered conspecific with E. astrild, and in HBW mentioned as being embedded in single clade with all other races, and as being genetically nearly identical to E. a. adesma and E. a. cavendishi (which it replaces along R Lualaba), and slightly more different from E. a. rubriventris and E. a. occidentalis. Nevertheless, differences notable, involving narrower, shorter, black vs broader, longer, red mask (3, arguably 4); narrow pinkish-white line above lores (1); greyish vs white cheeks (1); and shorter, stubbier bill (mean length of three males, two unsexed and one female 8.6 mm vs 9.4 in E. a. adesma, n=10, and 9.3 in E. a. cavendishi, n=10; allow 2). Monotypic.

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Upper R Lualaba and L Upemba, in SE DRCongo; no recent records.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm. Adult male has black spot on lores connected above and below eye to short black postocular streak, bordered by faint pale pinkish or whitish stripe above lores and... read more


Vocalizations undescribed.


Grassy plains with tall grasses and bushes; nothing more is known.

Food and feeding

Diet virtually unknown, but tiny grass seeds known from stomach contents. A flock of 20–30 has been observed. Foraging behaviour and diet... read more


No information.


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. A restricted-range species, present in Upemba Plains Secondary Area. Very poorly known, with records in 1927,... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Black-lored Waxbill (Estrilda nigriloris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 February 2020).