Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Magpie Mannikin (Spermestes fringilloides)


Taxonomy

French: Capucin pie German: Riesenelsterchen Spanish: Capuchino pío
Taxonomy:

Plocus [sic] fringilloides

Lafresnaye

, 1835,

India; error = Liberia

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Birds from Dondo Forest, in S Mozambique, described as race pica, but appear to differ little from those elsewhere in species’ range. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia E, very patchily, to Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, South Sudan and W Ethiopia, S to Gabon, N & SW Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, S Mozambique and E South Africa.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 13–18·9 g. Head to throat and hindneck are black, rump black, rest of upperparts, including upperwing dark brown, scapulars with fine white shaft streaks, tail... read more

Voice

Contact call a loud "pyoo-wee" or "pyoo-wee-yoo", the whistled downslurs longer... read more

Habitat

Riparian forest, grassy bush country along rivers and streams and bases of rocky outcroppings, rank... read more

Food and feeding

Rice, other grass seeds, including Panicum and cereal grains, large seeds of bamboo (seeds 12–16 mm long, 2–2·5 mm in... read more

Breeding

Season Jun in Ghana, Jul–Sept in Cameroon, Feb–Mar in Zambia, Aug, Oct and Jan–May in Malawi and Oct–Mar in... read more

Movements

Resident; irregular movements where associated with bamboo.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally uncommon to rare; very patchily distributed. Local populations appear to be small. Few recent records in Ethiopia, Kenya and N Tanzania, and... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2018). Magpie Mannikin (Spermestes fringilloides). 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/61182 on 21 August 2018).