French: Cordonbleu cyanocéphale German: Blaukopfastrild Spanish: Azulito coroniazul
Useri River, near Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
SE South Sudan (Kapoeta), S Ethiopia, E Uganda (Moroto)#R, Kenya, S Somalia and N & C Tanzania.
13–13·5 cm; 8·5–10·8 g. Male has head to upper breast and flanks azure-blue, mantle, back and upperwing tawny-brown, primary P9 broad near tip, rump and... read more
Contact call a thin "tseee", harsher than that of U. angolensis; alarm a sharp... read more
Arid and semi-arid acacia savanna with thickets, thornbush scrub (Acacia, Commiphora... read more
Food and feeding
Small seeds of annual grasses; also insects, mainly termites (Isoptera). Feeds on ground; takes termites by pecking through earth-covered... read more
Season May–Jun in Somalia, during rains and into early dry season in Kenya, and Nov–Jun in Tanzania. Courting male faces female... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common; nowhere numerous. Fairly widespread in Kenya and Tanzania; more localized in Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia.
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