French: Astrild à ventre jaune German: Gelbbauchastrild Spanish: Estrilda ventrigualda oriental
Other common names: Yellow-bellied Swee
See C. bocagei. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. q. quartinia
(Bonaparte, 1850) – highlands of Eritrea and Ethiopia.
C. q. kilimensis
Sharpe, 1890 – E DRCongo, extreme SE South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya S to C Tanzania.
C. q. stuartirwini
(Clancey, 1969) – S & E Tanzania, E Zambia, Malawi S to E Zimbabwe and S Mozambique (Manica Highlands, Mt Gorongosa).
9–10 cm; 6–8 g (kilimensis). Male nominate race has head to nape, throat and breast grey, back and upperwing light olive-green, rump and uppertail-... read more
Call a soft whistled "see-see" or "swee-swee", also high-pitched sharp "... read more
Shrubby grass, undergrowth, bracken briar or dense grass, scrub on rocky hills, small forest... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds. Active. Clings to grass stems and flowerheads; forages also on ground. Takes small insects in flight. Occurs in flocks... read more
Season Mar, Jun and Aug–Oct in Ethiopia and Apr, Jul–Aug and Oct in Uganda; in Kenya varies with regional rainfall, in Aug on... read more
No information; possibly some elevational movement in Zimbabwe.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in most of range; abundant in W & SE highlands of Ethiopia.
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