French: Beaumarquet à bec rouge German: Streifenastrild Spanish: Estrilda etíope
Other common names:
N & C Ethiopia; old records from extreme SE Sudan.
12·5–13 cm; 11–16·8 g. Male has head and upperparts grey, rump and uppertail-coverts red, central pair of rectrices red, other tail feathers dark brown with red... read more
Alarm and flight call "chwick"; songs a few squeaky notes followed by sharp rattle,... read more
Open wooded grassland and bush, and Combretum-Terminalia woodland; at 750–... read more
Food and feeding
Little information. In captivity, small seeds and insects.
Nesting recorded in May. Courting male hops around female, holds grass or feather in bill, and bobs up and down on perch. No other... read more
Resident, with some local movements; occasionally appears in areas where not generally seen.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to abundant in W of range and in C Ethiopian Highlands, where presence confirmed at c. 30 localities, and up to 26 individuals seen in one day... read more
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