French: Becbleu à tête rouge German: Rotkopf-Samenknacker Spanish: Estrilda piquigorda cabecirroja
Bellima, upper Uele district, DRCongo
Subspecies and Distribution
S. r. ruficapilla
(Shelley, 1888) – SE Central African Republic, NE, E & S DRCongo, S South Sudan, Uganda, W & C Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, W Tanzania and N Angola.
S. r. cana
(Friedmann, 1927) – Usambara Mts, in NE Tanzania.
15 cm; 21·3-26 g (nominate). Male nominate race has head to breast and flanks red, upperparts glossy black, uppertail-coverts red, upperwing and tail black, lower breast,... read more
Calls "pik", a nasal "tewk", and soft high "seep". Two song types, with separated rambling notes,... read more
Forest undergrowth, damp areas in thickets, near streams, clearings and edge, also gallery forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, including those of legumes (of genus Indigofera), morning glories (Ipomoea) and speargrass (Imperata... read more
Season Feb–May in Angola, and Oct–Mar and May in E DRCongo (Itombwe); in Uganda most breeding records Apr–Jul and Oct... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon. Common in DRCongo, especially in NE (as far S as Itombwe); fairly common in S Sudan, and generally common in Uganda; in... read more
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