French: Amadine à tête rouge German: Rotkopfastrild Spanish: Estrilda cabecirroja
Africa = Angola
SW Angola (S from SW Bengo), Namibia, Botswana, S Zimbabwe, South Africa and lowland Lesotho.
12–13 cm; 17·5-30 g. Male has head to nape, cheek and throat red, broad pale grey area on lores; hindneck and mantle unmarked grey, rest of upperparts greyish-brown,... read more
Call "shep", similar to that of a sparrow (Passer), also "zree-zree" in flight; alarm a... read more
Densely wooded thornbush in breeding season; at other seasons in more open semi-desert grassland in... read more
Food and feeding
Grass seeds and insects, including termites (Isoptera). Gregarious, foraging in small groups; flocks of hundreds appear at water-holes... read more
Breeds in all months (mainly Feb–Jul) in Botswana, and in South Africa Feb–Sept in NW and Jan–Oct (mainly Apr–May)... read more
Seasonal in occurrence in most areas; also irregular and unpredictable nomadic movements, including... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Considered locally common in most of range. Locally common to abundant in SW Angola, and locally common in NC Namibia and NE & SE Botswana;... read more
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