Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Endangered

Shelley's Crimsonwing (Cryptospiza shelleyi)


Taxonomy

French: Astrild de Shelley German: Rotmantelastrild Spanish: Estrilda de Shelley
Taxonomy:

Cryptospiza shelleyi

Sharpe

, 1902,

Rwenzori, DRCongo–Uganda border

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

Mountains of Albertine Rift in Uganda, E DRCongo, Rwanda and Burundi.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 15–19 g. Male has head to below eye, ear-coverts, nape and upperparts maroon-red, tail black, upperwing black, inner tertials edged red; chin to throat, side of... read more

Voice

Call a series of twittering notes, rising and falling, "tu-tu-tu-ti-ti-ti".

Habitat

Dense undergrowth in montane forest, often in valley bottoms near water; low second growth at... read more

Food and feeding

Small seeds, notably of balsam (Impatiens), also insects. Feeds on and close to ground. Forages mainly in pairs and in small... read more

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA. Rare in almost entire range. Has declined in some areas, possibly because of continuing... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Shelley's Crimsonwing (Cryptospiza shelleyi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/61101 on 23 September 2018).