French: Cordonbleu d’Angola German: Blauastrild Spanish: Azulito angoleño
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Subspecies and Distribution
U. a. angolensis
(Linnaeus, 1758) – São Tomé (perhaps introduced), NW Angola (including Cabinda) and SW DRCongo.
U. a. cyanopleurus
Wolters, 1963 – S Angola, W Zambia (W of Kafue National Park), W & NW Zimbabwe, N Namibia, N Botswana and N South Africa (S to North West Province and Free State).
U. a. niassensis
Reichenow, 1911 – Tanzania, S & SE DRCongo, Zambia (E of Kafue National Park), Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe (except W) S to NE South Africa (N Limpopo S to KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape) and Swaziland.
12–13 cm; 6·3-13 g. Male nominate race has crown to back and upperwing grey-brown, primary P9 broad near tip, rump, uppertail-coverts and long pointed tail blue;... read more
Close contact call a brief, soft "swip swip"; distance contact call and flight call 1... read more
Acacia (Acacia) woodland and thickets, rank growth, overgrown cultivation, around rural... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly small grass seeds, also some insects and spiders (Araneae). Foods in N South Africa mainly seeds of Panicum, Urochloa... read more
Season Feb–May in Tanzania, Feb–Jun in DRCongo (Katanga), Dec–Jun (mainly Jan–Apr) in Zambia, Dec–May in... read more
Resident; some local movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common in most of range. In South Africa, density c. 0·25-0·75 pairs/ha in open Acacia-Dichrostachys brush on Nyl... read more
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