Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Grey Firefinch (Lagonosticta nigricollis)


French: Amarante gris German: Grauamarant Spanish: Amaranta gris

Lagonosticta nigricollis


, 1863,

River Jur, Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan


Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. larvata and L. vinacea, but differs from latter in characters given under that species and from former in (in male) grey vs pink breast (3); grey vs black belly (3); lack of crimson neck sides and nape (sometimes also crown) (2); and (in female) slightly paler colour above and below (1). Proposed race togoensis (described from Kete Kratschi, in Togo) treated as a synonym. Monotypic.

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S Mali E to SW Sudan and W & S South Sudan, NE DRCongo (Uele) and W & N Uganda.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2018). Grey Firefinch (Lagonosticta nigricollis). 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 14 December 2018).