Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Dusky Twinspot (Euschistospiza cinereovinacea)


French: Sénégali sombre German: Schieferastrild Spanish: Estrilda sombría

Lagonosticta cinereo-vinacea


, 1889,

Quindumbo, Angola


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. c. cinereovinacea (Sousa, 1889) – W Angola.
  • E. c. graueri (Rothschild, 1909) – mountains of Albertine Rift in DRCongo, SW Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5 cm; 9–14 g. Male nominate race has head to back and down to breast dusky grey, rump and uppertail-coverts crimson, tail blackish-brown, upperwing greyish-... read more


    Close contact call "tsyip-tsyip", distance contact call and alarm "tsvilip".... read more


    Tall rank grass and thickets in miombo (Brachystegia) woodland in Angola; long grass along... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small grass seeds; also small insects. Feeds on ground. Forages usually in pairs or singly.


    Breeds in Jul–Aug in Angola. Most information from observation of captives. Courting male holds a stem or feather in bill, displays... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common in Angola, where found from Cuanza Sul and S Malanje S to Huíla. Uncommon in DRCongo. Scarce in Uganda, and uncommon in Rwanda... read more

    Recommended citation

    Payne, R. & de Juana, E. (2020). Dusky Twinspot (Euschistospiza cinereovinacea). 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 26 January 2020).