Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Pink-throated Twinspot (Hypargos margaritatus)


French: Sénégali de Verreaux German: Perlastrild Spanish: Estrilda golirrosa

Spermophaga margaritata


, 1844,

Madagascar; error = Coguno, Inhambane district, Mozambique




S Mozambique (S of R Save), NE South Africa (E Limpopo S to N KwaZulu-Natal) and E Swaziland.

Descriptive notes

12–13·5 cm; 13 g. Male has crown to back brown, rump and uppertail-­coverts dull reddish-pink, tail dark brown, edged pinkish, wing brown; face and sides of... read more


Close contact call a soft rising "seesee" or "sisi"; distance call or alarm a... read more


Dry woodland with dense undergrowth and thickets, sand forest, palm scrub, thorny cover along edge... read more

Food and feeding

Small grass seeds; insects. Forages on ground. Generally in pairs or in small family groups; often with other waxbills. Inconspicuous.


Breeds in Jan in South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal). No information on courtship behaviour. Nest an ovoid structure with side entrance, made from... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in South-east African Coast EBA. In South Africa, considered "near-threatened" owing to small range.... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Pink-throated Twinspot (Hypargos margaritatus). 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 on 17 February 2020).