Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Grant's Bluebill (Spermophaga poliogenys)


French: Becbleu de Grant German: Grantsamenknacker Spanish: Estrilda piquigorda de Grant

Spermospiza poliogenys


, 1906,

20 miles [c. 32 km] north of Fort Beni, west Rwenzoris, 3000 feet [c. 915 m], DRCongo




Extreme SE Cameroon (Lobéké)#R, N Congo (Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park), DRCongo and W Uganda (Semliki Forest).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 18·7-21·7 g. Male has front of head (back to central crown) and down to breast and flanks red, rump and uppertail-coverts red; rest of plumage glossy black, wing and... read more


Call a coarse "chip"; female call a soft "thac, thac", and melodious "tyee-dyeeu". Song of... read more


Intact primary forest or secondary forest, swamp-forest, and thick undergrowth of Phrynium... read more

Food and feeding

Large, hard seeds; also insects, and spiders (Araneae). Forages at low levels, mainly in undergrowth. Forages singly and in pairs,... read more


In NE DRCongo (Uele), juveniles in Mar and May–Jun and birds in breeding condition in Dec–Feb, May and Aug–Sept,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare in W of range and in extreme E of range; uncommon to locally fairly common elsewhere. Distribution patchy; possibly more widespread than... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Grant's Bluebill (Spermophaga poliogenys). 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 28 February 2020).