French: Becbleu sanguin German: Rotbrust-Samenknacker Spanish: Estrilda piquigorda cabecinegra
Africa = Ghana
Subspecies and Distribution
S. h. haematina
(Vieillot, 1808) – Gambia, S Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, and Sierra Leone E to Ghana.
S. h. togoensis
(Neumann, 1910) – Togo E to SW Nigeria.
S. h. pustulata
(Voigt, 1831) – SE Nigeria, Cameroon and SW Central African Republic S to NW Angola (Cabinda), E to NE, E & S DRCongo.
15 cm; 20–26 g (pustulata). Male nominate race has head and upperparts glossy black, upperwing and tail black, chin to breast and flanks red, lower breast,... read more
Calls high, thin "sseeeee", contact note a sharp "tsip", alarm "tswink-... read more
Forest undergrowth, clearings and edges, gallery forest, logged forest roads, forestry plantations... read more
Food and feeding
Berries, grass seeds, rice, husks of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) fruit; also insects, including termites (Isoptera) and aphids (... read more
Season Aug–Dec in Gambia, and nest-building in Jun and Sept–Nov in Liberia; Aug–Oct in Nigeria; in Gabon, nest-building... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally very common or abundant. Widespread and generally common in W of range, but uncommon in Togo (S from Bismarckburg), and recorded... read more
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