French: Amarante des rochers German: Felsenamarant Spanish: Amaranta roquera
Taboru, Jos Plateau, Nigeria
N Nigeria (Jos Plateau, Kagoro, Panshanu, and Mandara Hills) and NW Cameroon (N of R Benue, E to Maroua).
10–11 cm; 11·4 g. Male has crown grey, nape red, upperparts brownish-red, rump and uppertail-coverts red, tail feathers black with red outer webs; upperwing dark brown... read more
Call a characteristic rapid descending trill, "treeee", 12–13 notes per second, given by both... read more
Rocky hillsides and granite outcroppings (inselbergs) with scattered thickets and grass, scrub... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds, including cultivated acha (Digitaria exilis), taken on the ground. Forages in pairs. Seasonal activity... read more
Breeding season (from dates of juveniles and active nests) Aug–Nov. No information on courtship behaviour. Nest a ball of grass,... read more
Resident. One individual moved 2·5 km.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Has comparatively small global range, restricted to N Nigeria and NW Cameroon. Occurs in two discrete populations: one on Jos Plateau... read more
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