French: Travailleur cardinal German: Kardinalweber Spanish: Quelea cardenal
S South Sudan, NE DRCongo, Uganda, W Kenya, Rwanda and NW & N Tanzania S to E Zambia and, rare, C Malawi; rare non-breeding visitor to S Ethiopia.
11 cm; 11–15 g. Small, short-tailed weaver. Male breeding has bright red head down to throat and to variable extent onto breast; nape and upperparts light brown with... read more
Song a repetition of buzzes or sizzles introduced by sharp notes, terminating in nasal whistle,... read more
Rank grass and wooded grassland, generally in dry areas. Recorded at altitudes of 400–3000 m... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily seeds of grasses such as Panicum and Setaria; seen to take nectar from Leonotis nepetifolia.... read more
Breeds Aug–Sept in DRCongo, Mar–Jul in Uganda and Kenya, Feb–May in Tanzania and Feb in Zambia. Polygynous. Colonial, in... read more
Flocks appear in many areas after rain, but may move on without breeding; not clear if seasonal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally abundant. A pest of agricultural crops in some parts of E Africa.
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