Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Brown Firefinch (Lagonosticta nitidula)


Taxonomy

French: Amarante nitidule German: Braunbürzelamarant Spanish: Amaranta parda
Taxonomy:

Lagonosticta nitidula

Hartlaub

, 1886,

Mpala, Lake Tanganyika, DRCongo

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In the past sometimes considered conspecific with L. rufopicta. Proposed race plumbaria (described from Sepupa, in NW Botswana) on average somewhat greyer than birds elsewhere in species’ range, but no constant differences. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Angola, SE DRCongo, SW Tanzania, Zambia, NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N Botswana and extreme NW Zimbabwe.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 10–11 g. Male has upperparts brown to grey-brown, crown, nape, rump and uppertail-coverts greyer, flight-feathers darker brown, tail darker greyish-brown... read more

Voice

Most calls similar to those of L. rufopicta, contact call 1–2 short "kewp... read more

Habitat

Reedbeds (Phragmites), papyrus (Cyperus papyrus), tall grass and thickets along... read more

Food and feeding

Small grass seeds, also small insects. Feeds on the ground; favours damp earth, where it scatters surface food with bill. Forages usually... read more

Breeding

Recorded in all months, mainly Feb–Jun and Sept–Oct, in Zambia, and in Oct–Apr (most records Jan–Apr) in Zimbabwe.... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common; often local. Locally common in marshes along R Zambezi.

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2018). Brown Firefinch (Lagonosticta nitidula). 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/61144 on 19 August 2018).