French: Amarante de Jameson German: Rosenamarant Spanish: Amaranta de Jameson
Keren, 4000–5000 feet (c. 1220–1525 m), Eritrea
Subspecies and Distribution
L. r. rhodopareia
(Heuglin, 1868) – SW & S Ethiopia, E South Sudan and NE Uganda E to N & W Kenya.
L. r. ansorgei
Neumann, 1908 – extreme SW DRCongo (lower R Congo), Angola (Cabinda, and Luanda E to Moxico and S to N Namibe) and NW Namibia (R Cunene).
L. r. jamesoni
Shelley, 1882 – E & S Kenya (S from lower R Tana and Lamu) S to Tanzania, SE DRCongo, Zambia, Malawi, extreme NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N & E Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, N & NE South Africa (S to extreme N KwaZulu-Natal) and Swaziland.
10–11 cm; 7·5-13 g (jamesoni). Male nominate race has forehead to back brown with slight pink tinge, rump and uppertail-coverts red; tail black, basal half of... read more
Song consists of trills at varying speeds and pitches, some melodious whistles including upslurred... read more
Semi-arid acacia (Acacia) bushland, grassy thickets, undergrowth, maize (Zea mays... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds (diameter 1–2 mm); also insects, including termites (Isoptera). In Lochinvar National Park, in Zambia, exploits... read more
Breeds in late rains: Jul in Kenya, Jan–May (once Sept) in Zambia, Feb–Aug (once Nov) in Malawi, in all months (mainly Dec... read more
Resident. In Zambia, local movements of up to 4 km to surface water during and after breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally common in most of range; probably most numerous in E & S. In Zambia density at Lochinvar National Park 40/km2 in 1972–... read more
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