French: Amarante masqué German: Larvenamarant Spanish: Amaranta etíope
Other common names:
Black-faced Firefinch (when lumped with L. vinacea and L. nigricollis)
Simien, northern Ethiopia
E Sudan, E South Sudan and W Ethiopia.
10–11 cm; 8–12·4 g (nominate). Male nominate race has forehead and crown sooty brownish-grey, indistinct reddish collar from nape to breast; upperparts darkish... read more
Contact call a shrill "seesee", louder (distance call) when partners separated; in alarm... read more
Grassy areas with trees, Combretum-Terminalia woodland, savanna woodland, bamboo... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds (diameter 1–2 mm); also termites (Isoptera). Feeds on ground, favouring burnt sites. Forages singly and in pairs or... read more
Recorded in Jan in Ivory Coast, Jul in Togo, Jul–Oct in N Nigeria, after Jul in NE DRCongo (Uele), Nov in Ethiopia and Jun in Uganda... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Common in N guinean woodlands.
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