French: Astrild vert German: Tropfengrünastrild Spanish: Estrilda verde
Other common names:
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
M. n. schlegeli
(Sharpe, 1870) – W Guinea and Sierra Leone E, discontinuously, to DRCongo and W Uganda, S to NW Angola; also Bioko.
M. n. chubbi
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1912) – Ethiopia, SE South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania (including Pemba I), Zanzibar, Zambia and N Malawi.
M. n. nitidula
(Hartlaub, 1865) – S Malawi, Mozambique, E Zimbabwe, E South Africa (Limpopo Province, KwaZulu-Natal and E Eastern Cape) and W Swaziland.
10–11 cm; 8·5-10 g (chubbi). Male nominate race has area from lores to behind eye and to chin red, crown, upperparts, upperwing and tail olive-green; rear ear-... read more
Contact call a chirping "tzeeet", alarm a low "dzzhurrrr". Song a medley of calls and buzzy,... read more
Evergreen scrub, forest understorey and forest edge, thickets, bamboo, riverine forest, plantations... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds, especially those of creeping forest grass (Oplismenus hirtellus) in shady areas under trees, also rice, seeds... read more
Season Sept–Oct in Liberia, Nov–Dec in Gabon, Jan–May in Zambia and Malawi, Oct–Nov in Zimbabwe, and Dec–Apr... read more
Chiefly resident. Some altitudinal movements indicated by breeding-season records at higher... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Scarce or uncommon to locally abundant. Known distribution very patchy, but this species is possibly overlooked because of its secretive habits and... read more
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