Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Near Threatened

Red-fronted Antpecker (Parmoptila rubrifrons)


French: Parmoptile à front rouge German: Rotstirn-Ameisenpicker Spanish: Estrilda piquifina frentirroja

Pholidornis rubrifrons

Sharpe and Ussher

, 1872,

Denkera, Ghana


Sometimes treated as conspecific with P. jamesoni or, less often, with both that and P. woodhousei. Monotypic.


Sierra Leone, SE Guinea, Liberia, S Ivory Coast and S Ghana.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 8–10·5 g. Male has forehead and forecrown red, hindcrown olive with pale grey scaly markings, upperparts dark greyish-tinged olive-brown, upperwing and tail... read more


Call "pee-you".


Mature and secondary forest, also logged forest, not far from water or at border of high-forest... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, especially red ants (Formicidae), also small beetles (Coleoptera) reported; some small seeds. Forages mostly at lower levels,... read more


Several nests in Oct–Nov, female with oviduct egg in Apr and birds in breeding condition in Sept and Jan–Apr, and juveniles in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Scarce or rare to locally fairly common; one record also from extreme SW Mali. Possibly often overlooked owing... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2018). Red-fronted Antpecker (Parmoptila rubrifrons). 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 19 March 2018).