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