French: Astrild à joues noires German: Kapgrünastrild Spanish: Estrilda ventrigualda meridional
“Pays de Cafres” = eastern Cape Province, South Africa
SC Zimbabwe, N, E & S South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho, also extreme SW Mozambique (Lebombo Mts).
9–10 cm; 5·7-7·5 g. Male has crown and nape grey, back and upperwing olive-green, rump and uppertail-coverts bright red, tail black; face and throat black, white band... read more
Call a soft whistled "see-see" or "swee-swee", alarm call sharp "teerrrr... read more
Open grassland, shrubby grass, coastal bush, around farmsteads and houses; sea-level to 1800 m.
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds; also small insects. In captivity, also spiders (Araneae), aphids (Aphidoidea), termites (Isoptera), mealworms and small... read more
Nest-building in Jul in Zimbabwe; in South Africa, nests in Nov–Feb in N, Nov–Apr in KwaZulu-Natal, Nov–Jan in Eastern... read more
Resident; perhaps some altitudinal movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. In Mozambique, confined to Lebombo Mts (on Swaziland border), where uncommon; population probably not more than 500 individuals.... read more
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