French: Astrild à croupion rose German: Zügelastrild Spanish: Estrilda culirroja
north-eastern Africa = Sennar, Sudan.
See E. rufibarba (below). Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
E. r. rhodopyga
Sundevall, 1850 – E Sudan, Eritrea and N Ethiopia.
E. r. centralis
Kothe, 1911 – SE South Sudan, C & S Ethiopia, NW & S Somalia, NE DRCongo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and N Malawi.
10–10·5 cm; 6·6–9·5 g (centralis). Male nominate race has red lores and red stripe through eye to above ear-coverts, grey crown, greyish-brown upperparts... read more
Contact call a soft "sspt-sspt"; other calls a hard and grating "jup", a "... read more
Dry bushy grassland, acacia (Acacia) savanna, thickets, marshy grassland, and overgrown... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds, also tips of grass shoots; also ant larvae (Formicidae), termites (Isoptera), aphids (Aphidoidea) and spiders (Araneae... read more
Breeds Sept and May in Uganda, and Mar, Apr and Jul in Kenya. Courting male holds grass stem in bill, head high, forehead sleeked, fluffs... read more
Resident; in arid N Kenya, appears after periods of high rainfall.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common; uncommon to rare in Somalia. Local in DRCongo, where rare on Lendu Plateau. A single record from extreme NW Mozambique.
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