French: Astrild cendré German: Grauastrild Spanish: Estrilda culinegra
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
S Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea E to S Sudan, W Eritrea and W Ethiopia, and S to NE DRCongo, Uganda and SW Kenya; recent records from N Tanzania#R. Introduced in Caribbean (Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Martinique), Hawaiian Is, Japan and Spain.
10 cm; 6·9-8·2 g. Male has lores and eyestripe to above ear-coverts red; forehead to back light grey-brown, back finely barred dark grey, rump and uppertail-coverts black,... read more
Calls include harsh "chuur", "chew-tch-tch", nasal downslurred "jeeeu... read more
Grassy woodlands, dense woods and thickets, bases of inselbergs, dry grassland, abandoned... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of grasses and herbs; also small insects, including termites (Isoptera). Takes seeds from fruiting head while perched on a grass... read more
Season Jul–Dec in Senegal and Gambia, recently fledged young in Oct in Togo, laying in Jul and Aug in Nigeria, Jun–Jul in Sudan... read more
Resident. Possibly a wet-season breeding visitor in Ghana coastal thicket in Mar–Nov and in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon. Very patchily distributed in W of range, where generally not common, but very common in some places, e.g. parts of Gambia... read more
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