French: Sénégali brun German: Monteiroastrild Spanish: Estrilda parda
Bembe, Uíge, Angola
SE Nigeria and Cameroon E to W & S South Sudan, Uganda and extreme W Kenya, also S Gabon, S Congo, NW & NE Angola (Cabinda S to Cuanza Sul; NE Lunda Norte), and SW & S DRCongo.
12 cm; 13·5-16 g. Male has grey head, dull brown back and upperwing, red rump and uppertail-coverts; tail broad, dusky; centre of throat red, underparts cinnamon with profuse... read more
Call a sharp "vay, vay, vay", also "cht" or "chk". Song has long whistles that rise sharply and... read more
Shrubby and rank grassland, moist thickets, tangled vegetation, and overgrown cultivation. Lowlands... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, small insects e.g. termites (Isoptera), also spiders (Araneae). Feeds on ground; digs with bill in crusty wet soil in manioc (... read more
Breeds in Oct–Nov in Cameroon, Apr in Gabon, Aug–Dec in NE DRCongo, and Dec and May–Jun in Uganda. In courtship display... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common; rather local. Common in parts of Cameroon, Central African Republic and NE & S DRCongo.
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