French: Beaumarquet à dos jaune German: Wienerastrild Spanish: Estrilda alinaranja
J. F. Gmelin
Ethiopia, S South Sudan, N Uganda, C & SE Kenya, SE Congo (lower Congo Valley), SW, S & SE DRCongo, E Rwanda, S Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia and Malawi S to extreme NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N & E Botswana, N South Africa (Limpopo) and SC Mozambique.
11 cm; 15–18 g. Male has face from forehead to ear-coverts, chin and upper throat red, rest of head grey, mantle and back golden-olive, edges of upperwing-coverts and... read more
Alarm or excitement call short, 0·04 seconds, sound energy peaks at 3 kHz with overtone 4... read more
Open wooded and bush country, tall grass savanna, tangled thickets, cultivated areas; generally... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on small grass seeds, and also termites (Isoptera). Forages mostly on ground. Generally occurs in family parties and small flocks;... read more
Season Apr–Jun in Tanzania, Jan–May and Aug in Zambia, Mar–Jul in Malawi and Feb–Apr in Zimbabwe. In courtship... read more
Resident; seasonal movements and nomadic in dry areas.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon or rare in much of range; locally more common. Rare especially at N & S extremes of range, i.e. Sudan, Ethiopia and South Africa. In... read more
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