Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Dybowski's Twinspot (Euschistospiza dybowskii)


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

Lagonosticta Dybowskii


, 1892,

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




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


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


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


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



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. (2019). 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 on 16 December 2019).