French: Astrild à queue noire German: Schwarzschwanz-Schönbürzelastrild Spanish: Estrilda colinegra
Other common names:
Malimbe, Cabinda, Angola
Subspecies and Distribution
E. p. perreini
(Vieillot, 1817) – S Gabon, S Congo, S & E DRCongo, Angola, Zambia, S Tanzania and N Malawi.
E. p. incana
Sundevall, 1850 – S Malawi, E Zimbabwe, C & S Mozambique, N & E South Africa (mainly E KwaZulu-Natal) and E Swaziland.
10·5–11 cm; 6·1–9 g (incana). Male nominate race is mostly pearly grey above and below; black streak from lores through eye, red rump and... read more
Contact call a thin explosive "pseeu pseeu" whistle at 4·5 kHz, rising to steady pitch... read more
Open woodland with scattered trees and grass, edge of lowland and middle-altitude evergreen forest... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds, seeds of stinging nettles (of genus Laportea); also insects, nectar, fruits of marula (Sclerocarya birrea... read more
Breeds late in rains: Jan and Apr in S DRCongo (Katanga), Dec–May in Zambia, Feb and Apr in Malawi, Jan–Apr in Zimbabwe, and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon. Uncommon to scarce in NW of range in Gabon and PRCongo; fairly common in S DRCongo. Uncommon and local in Zambia, very... read more
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