French: Nigrette à ventre roux German: Zweifarbenschwärzling Spanish: Negrita pechirrufa
Other common names: Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch
Poorly differentiated race saturatior sometimes synonymized with brunnescens. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
N. b. bicolor
(Hartlaub, 1844) – W Gambia (rare), SW Senegal (Casamance), Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia E to W Togo.
N. b. brunnescens
Reichenow, 1902 – S Benin, S Nigeria, Príncipe I, C & S Cameroon and Central African Republic S to N Angola and DRCongo (from lower R Congo E to Upper Uele, C Ituri, Kasai and Manyema).
N. b. saturatior
Reichenow, 1902 – Albertine Rift in NE DRCongo and W Uganda.
11–12 cm; 8·6-11·7 g (nominate). Male nominate race has hindcrown and upperparts, including upperwing and tail, dark slaty grey, forehead, side of head,... read more
Song a wide variety of loud mellow musical whistles, sometimes with chattering notes; in Liberia,... read more
Primary and secondary guinean forest, gardens, open woodland, savanna; uncommon in coffee forest.... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including caterpillars and winged termites (Isoptera); oily husks and fruit pulp of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis), and... read more
Season Jul–Aug in Sierra Leone; young seen in most months in Liberia, nest-building Feb–Apr in Ghana, breeds Mar–Jul in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon; rare in Gambia. Reports of this species in W Kenya considered unfounded. Density c. 4–5 pairs/km2 in Gabon. Occurs... read more
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