French: Astrild-caille à gorge rouge German: Heuschreckenastrild Spanish: Estrilda saltamontes
marshes near Lake Bangweulu, Zambia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. l. uelensis
Chapin, 1916 – Northern Locust Finch – N Nigeria, extreme SE Cameroon, SE Gabon, Congo, W & N DRCongo and W Kenya.
P. l. locustella
Neave, 1909 – Southern Locust Finch – patchily in Angola, SE DRCongo (S Katanga), S Tanzania (Ufipa Plateau and Iringa Highlands), Zambia, Malawi, N Botswana, E Zimbabwe and C Mozambique.
9–10 cm. Male nominate race has crown and most of upperparts brownish-black, mantle, scapulars, back and inner upperwing-coverts with fine white spots, rump unspotted... read more
Calls "tissep", "chit", "cheep", "tsee-tset", "see-see... read more
Flat, open grassland with tufts of short, wiry grass, edges of swamps and seasonal floodplains, low... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds, taken from ground. Terrestrial; spends almost all of its time on the ground. Forages in pairs and in family groups; in... read more
Breeds in Oct in Nigeria, Jan–May in Zambia and Zimbabwe, and Jan and Feb in Malawi. No information on courtship behaviour. Nest ball... read more
Resident and partially migratory. Seasonal in occurrence in some regions; in S Africa wanders... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon and local. Few records in many countries, e.g. in NW of range; more widespread but rather local in N & W parts of Zambia.
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