French: Sénégali sombre German: Schieferastrild Spanish: Estrilda sombría
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.
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-brown;... 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
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