Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Grey Firefinch (Lagonosticta nigricollis)


Taxonomy

French: Amarante gris German: Grauamarant Spanish: Amaranta gris
Taxonomy:

Lagonosticta nigricollis

Heuglin

, 1863,

River Jur, Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan

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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.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.
Distribution:

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

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 8–11 g. Male has forehead and crown mouse-grey, cheeks and throat black, back and wings grey-brown, rump and tail pale vinous-red, except inner webs of outer tail... read more

Voice

Contact call a shrill “seesee”, louder (distance call) when partners separated; in alarm or... read more

Habitat

Grassy areas with trees, savanna woodland, also tall grass, Raphia palm thickets, areas... 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 small... read more

Breeding

Recorded in Jan in Ivory Coast, Jul in Togo, Jul–Oct in N Nigeria, after Jul in NE DRCongo (Uele) and Jun in Uganda. In courtship, male... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon (e.g. in Uganda) to locally fairly common, e.g. in Mole National Park, Ghana, and SW Sudan and W & S South Sudan. Common... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1344111 on 23 August 2019).