French: Dos-vert à joues blanches German: Weißwangenastrild Spanish: Olivino carigrís
Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, S Mali and Ivory Coast E to Togo, Benin, N & E Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, W South Sudan, NE DRCongo and NW Uganda; old record from Gambia.
14 cm; 10·8-13·2 g. Crown, nape and neck and most of underparts grey, upperparts and tail olive to golden-olive, upperwing greyish-brown, wing edged yellowish-olive;... read more
Call a lisping "tsssp". Song a series of clear, slurred whistles, begins with down... read more
Grassy savannas and forest edge, riparian woodland, grassy guinean woodland, undergrowth, near... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of wild figs (Ficus), other fruits and grasses; also small insects, including ants (Formicidae) and caterpillars, and snails... read more
Nest-building in Jul–Aug in Togo, and breeds Jun–Jul in Nigeria, Jul–Oct in NE DRCongo (Uele) and May–Jun in Uganda... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread, but generally uncommon to scarce. Very few records from W parts of range. Recorded once in Gambia (in 1968). Occurs in many protected... read more
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