French: Cordonbleu à joues rouges German: Schmetterlingsastrild Spanish: Azulito carirrojo
Subspecies and Distribution
U. b. bengalus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Ghana E to S Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia, S to W Cameroon, Central African Republic, NE DRCongo, Rwanda and Kenya (W of Rift Valley, S to L Victoria).
U. b. brunneigularis
Mearns, 1911 – S Somalia and Kenya (from L Baringo E to coast) S to NE Tanzania (S to North Pare Mts and Tanga).
U. b. ugogensis
Reichenow, 1911 – S Kenya (Mara) and Tanzania (from Serengeti and Mt Kilimanjaro S to Rukwa, Usanga Flats and Iringa).
U. b. katangae
Vincent, 1934 – S & SE DRCongo (S Kasai, Katanga), NE Angola and N Zambia.
12–13 cm; 8·9-11 g (nominate). Male nominate race has crown to back and upperwing light grey-brown to mid-brown, primary P9 narrow near tip on inner web, rump,... read more
Distance contact call, given when separated from mate, when disturbed and when in flight, a thin... read more
Thornbush, bushy grassland and sahelian and N guinean woodlands; often found in village areas with... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds, also termites (Isoptera), moth larvae (Lepidoptera). Feeds on the ground in cultivation, edges of thickets and grassy... read more
Breeds in late rains and early dry season (mainly Sept–Dec) in Senegal, Apr–Jan (mainly Jul–Oct, May and Jul–Sept)... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to very common in most of range, and locally abundant. Generally widespread. Very widely kept in captivity.
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