Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Dybowski's Twinspot (Euschistospiza dybowskii)


Taxonomy

French: Sénégali à ventre noir German: Dybowskiastrild Spanish: Estrilda de Dybowski
Taxonomy:

Lagonosticta Dybowskii

Oustalet

, 1892,

Post of the Mission of Haut-Kemo, upper Kemo River, Central African Republic

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Senegal, E Guinea-Bissau, S Mali, Guinea, Sierra Leone, W Ivory Coast, C & E Nigeria, NC Cameroon, Central African Republic, NE DRCongo, S South Sudan and NW Uganda.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 12–14·6 g. Male has head to neck and breast dark grey, upperparts, including rump and uppertail-coverts, crimson, tail feathers blackish-brown, edged greyish-red... read more

Voice

Close contact call "kek"; distance call a metallic "tsit", in a series louder... read more

Habitat

Grassy areas in woodland, thickets around base of granite hills, weedy cultivation, and grassy... read more

Food and feeding

Small grass seeds and insects, taken on the ground. Feeds in cultivated fields of acha "hungry rice" (Digitaria exilis)... read more

Breeding

Breeds in Sept in Sierra Leone, Mar in Cameroon, perhaps Sept–Oct in NE DRCon­go (Uele), and Oct in Sudan. Male courts female on... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to scarce in much of range; rare in Senegal and rare in Sudan. Locally common in Guinea.

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2018). Dybowski's Twinspot (Euschistospiza dybowskii). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61135 on 21 June 2018).