Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Pink-throated Twinspot (Hypargos margaritatus)


Taxonomy

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

Spermophaga margaritata

Strickland

, 1844,

Madagascar; error = Coguno, Inhambane district, Mozambique

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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.

Breeding

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

Movements

Resident.

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61137 on 17 December 2018).