French: Beaumarquet aurore German: Auroraastrild Spanish: Estrilda alirroja
West Africa = Gambia.
Has been considered conspecific with P. lineata. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. phoenicoptera
Swainson, 1837 – Gambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, S Mali and N Ivory Coast E to SE Burkina Faso, Benin and N Nigeria.
P. p. emini
E. J. O. Hartert, 1899 – Cameroon, S Chad, Central African Republic, W & S South Sudan, NE DRCongo and N Uganda.
12·5–13 cm; 13·7–16·1 g. Male nominate race has head and upperparts grey, rump and uppertail-coverts red, central pair of rectrices reddish, other tail feathers... read more
Alarm or excitement call a rising whistle, often becoming a double-note chatter, like that of P... read more
Dry woodlands with large trees and bushy thickets, around villages and burnt sites.
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds; also termites (Isoptera). Forages mostly on ground. Takes termites by probing into crust over termite trails on ground... read more
Season Aug and Sept in Gambia and Sept–Feb in Nigeria. In courtship, male hops around female, holds grass or feather in bill, also... read more
Resident; perhaps seasonal migrant near Zaria, in Nigeria, and in NE DRCongo (Uele).
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Has apparently been recorded in Sierra Leone, but status there uncertain.
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