Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Vinaceous Firefinch (Lagonosticta vinacea)


French: Amarante vineux German: Weinamarant Spanish: Amaranta vinosa

Estrelda vinacea


, 1857,

Casamance, Senegal


Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. larvata and L. nigricollis, but differs from latter in its crimson-pink vs mid-grey breast to vent in male (3); crimson-washed grey vs all-grey nape to back and wings in male (2); and pink-washed pale buff vs pale brownish-grey breast to vent in female (2). Differs from former in its lack of black belly in male (3); crimson-washed grey vs all-grey nape to back and wings in male, without latter’s deeper crimson tone to nape, sometimes extending to crown (3); and pink-washed pale buff vs brownish-grey breast to vent in female (2). Monotypic.


Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau E to N Guinea and W Mali (to Mandinga Mts).

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm. Adult male has grey crown, pale vinous-red upperparts including rump and central tail feathers, whereas rest of rectrices are purer reddish with black inner vanes... read more


No differences are known between this species and L. nigricollis (or indeed L. larvata... read more


Grassy areas with trees, savanna woodland, bamboo thickets, rocky ridges on shallow soil with... read more

Food and feeding

Small grass seeds (diameter 1–2 mm); also termites (Isoptera). In captivity, takes seeds of Panicum and millet sprays. Feeds on... read more


Virtually unknown, but the nestling has (like that of formerly conspecific L. nigricollis) skin pale brownish, down sparse and... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally fairly common. Very few records in Guinea.

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Vinaceous Firefinch (Lagonosticta vinacea). 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 on 7 December 2019).