French: Sénégali enflammé German: Tropfenastrild Spanish: Estrilda golirroja
Other common names:
W. K. H. Peters
Subspecies and Distribution
H. n. macrospilotus
Mearns, 1913 – NE Angola, SE DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi, SE Kenya and extreme S Somalia S to N Zimbabwe and N & C Mozambique (to S of R Zambezi).
H. n. niveoguttatus
(W. K. H. Peters, 1868) – E Zimbabwe and S Mozambique.
12–13 cm; 12·4-16·9 g (macrospilotus). Male nominate race has forehead and crown grey, back and wing brown, lower rump and uppertail-coverts wine-red, tail... read more
Close contact call a soft rising "tseet" or "tsee-et", distance contact call louder and emphatic "... read more
Lowland evergreen thickets, riparian forest, forest edge, Cryptosepalum forest and ... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds, e.g. those of Olyra latifolia; also small insects, including ants (Formicidae). Feeds on ground. Forages in... read more
Season Jan–May in Zambia and Malawi and Jan–Apr in Zimbabwe. Courting male displays on ground, with or without a feather or... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally rather common, but often local. Perhaps commoner in S of range, e.g. locally abundant in Mozambique (Manica e Sofala). In Zimbabwe, density... read more
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