French: Astrild queue-de-vinaigre German: Lavenendelastrild Spanish: Estrilda azulada
Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, N Guinea and S Mali (upper R Niger) E to N Nigeria, N Cameroon, S Chad and N Central African Republic. Introduced in Hawaiian Is.
10 cm; 8–15·1 g. Male is mostly pearly grey above and below; black streak from lores through eye, red rump and uppertail-coverts, outermost pair of rectrices... read more
Calls high, piping, at constant pitch and thin in tone, "see-see-squee-see"; female... read more
Thickets and thicket edge, extending into woodland, rank patches on more open land, rocky hillsides... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes small seeds of grasses, small fruits, and flowers (pollen and nectar), and also some insects. Forages in pairs and small... read more
Breeds in Aug–Sept rains in Senegal and Gambia and in Oct–Nov in Nigeria. Male takes slender stem of grass, flies to perch,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to scarce. Outside normal range recorded also in Liberia, where said to have been rare on Mt Nimba during 1967/68. In Ivory Coast,... read more
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