French: Astrild de Sao Tomé German: Cinderellaastrild Spanish: Estrilda cenicienta
São Tomé, Gulf of Guinea
W Angola and extreme NW Namibia (R Cunene).
11 cm; 6·8-8·5 g. Male is mostly light pearly grey above and below; black streak from lores through eye, red rump and uppertail-coverts, black tail; belly sooty grey (... read more
Contact call a harsh "brrrt, brrrt", and more intense repeated version given in alarm;... read more
Riverine vegetation in acacia (Acacia) and mopane (Colophospermum mopane)... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on small grass seeds and other small seeds, and flowers (parts of plant or nectar); insects, including termites (Isoptera) and honey-... read more
Nest-building in late Nov and Dec, after first rains, in Namibia. Nest undescribed in wild; in captivity, builds large ball of grass and... read more
Resident in Angola; in Namibia moves after rain, in wet season absent or difficult to find.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (LEAST CONCERN). Restricted-range species: present in Western Angola EBA. Remapping of this species' distribution yielded a larger range than... read more
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