Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Chad Firefinch (Lagonosticta umbrinodorsalis)


French: Amarante de Reichenow German: Tschadamarant Spanish: Amaranta de Chad
Other common names: Reichenow's Firefinch

Lagonosticta umbrinodorsalis


, 1910,

Sakdje (Sakjé), upper Benue River, Adamawa, Cameroon


In the past sometimes considered conspecific with L. rhodopareia and L. virata; when treated as a race of L. rhodopareia the subspecies epithet bruneli often used, but latter a junior synonym of present name. Monotypic.


N Cameroon and extreme SW Chad.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm. Male has crown and nape pale grey, mantle, back and upper­wing-coverts umber-brown to cinnamon, rump and uppertail-coverts red, tail feathers black with... read more


Calls include soft "tsit", high-pitched twitter, soft "chew", slow trill; alarm "pitpitpit". Voice... read more


Rocky hillsides and rocky granite outcroppings with scattered thickets, woods and grass, also well-... read more

Food and feeding

Small grass seeds, taken on the ground. Forages in pairs.


Breeds apparently in Aug–Nov, in wet season. No other information.


Resident. In Cameroon (Poli), local altitudinal movement from 400 m to wetter upland sites above... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common, but local. In N Cameroon, apparently known only from type locality (Sakjé), on upper R Benue. In Chad, occurs near... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2019). Chad Firefinch (Lagonosticta umbrinodorsalis). 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 on 8 December 2019).