French: Amadine cou-coupé German: Bandastrild Spanish: Estrilda degollada
Other common names: Cut-throat
J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
no locality = Senegal.
Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. f. fasciata
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – S Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia E to Sudan and W & N South Sudan.
A. f. alexanderi
Neumann, 1908 – Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, SE South Sudan, NE Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
A. f. meridionalis
Neunzig, 1910 – S Angola, N Namibia, S & E Zambia, N & E Botswana, N Zimbabwe, Malawi and N Mozambique.
A. f. contigua
Clancey, 1970 – SE Botswana, S & E Zimbabwe, S Mozambique and NE South Africa.
11–12 cm; 15–32 g (Chad). Male nominate race, is sandy brown with black bars above, upperwing brown with buff and black spots and bars, tail brown, outermost... read more
Contact calls are chirps, nesting pairs call "kee-air", flight call a thin "eee-eee-eee". Song a... read more
Semi-arid open grassy woodland, dry bush, acacia (Acacia) savanna, mopane (... read more
Food and feeding
Grass seeds, taken on ground; also termites (Isoptera) and some other insects. Forages in small groups and flocks, also sometimes in pairs... read more
Season Aug and Dec–Mar in Senegal, Jan in Nigeria, Apr, May, Nov and Dec in Ethiopia, Dec and Mar–Apr (at end of long rains,... read more
Mostly resident, with some wandering. In drier areas of W Africa seasonally migratory, a dry-season... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally common; rare in SW part of range (Angola, Namibia). Estimated population in S Mozambique at least 5000 individuals. Numbers... read more
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