Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Dusky Crimsonwing (Cryptospiza jacksoni)


French: Astrild de Jackson German: Jacksonastrild Spanish: Estrilda de Jackson

Cryptospiza jacksoni


, 1902,

Rwenzori, DRCongo–Uganda border




Mountains of Albertine Rift in E DRCongo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; c. 14 g. Male has most of head red, nape grey, upperparts dark crimson-red, tail and upperwing blackish-grey; side of neck to chin, throat and underparts dark grey,... read more


Call a soft "tzeek" or "tsit", also soft trilling "geegeegee­gee"; song a drawn-out version of... read more


Montane forest, thick undergrowth, bracken briar, bamboo, clearings along forest roads, cultivation... read more

Food and feeding

Small seeds of grass, fallen on ground; also beetles (Coleoptera), small snails. Forages mostly in pairs and small groups.


Breeding records in most months in DRCongo and in May, Aug and Sept in Uganda. In courtship, male holds nesting material in bill, fluffs... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA. Locally not uncommon. Most numerous of the four crimsonwing species in DRCongo and... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Dusky Crimsonwing (Cryptospiza jacksoni). 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 23 January 2020).