Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Blue-capped Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus cyanocephalus)


Taxonomy

French: Cordonbleu cyanocéphale German: Blaukopfastrild Spanish: Azulito coroniazul
Taxonomy:

Estrilda cyanocephala

Richmond

, 1897,

Useri River, near Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE South Sudan (Kapoeta), S Ethiopia, E Uganda (Moroto)#R, Kenya, S Somalia and N & C Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

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

Voice

Contact call a thin "tseee", harsher than that of U. angolensis; alarm a sharp... read more

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common; nowhere numerous. Fairly widespread in Kenya and Tanzania; more localized in Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2018). Blue-capped Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus cyanocephalus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61127 on 26 September 2018).