French: Bengali zébré German: Goldbrustastrild Spanish: Bengalí cebra
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Subspecies and Distribution
A. s. subflava
(Vieillot, 1819) – extreme SW Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea patchily E to W Sudan and W Ethiopia, and S to N, C & E DRCongo, Uganda, Kenya and NW Tanzania, also W Yemen (where perhaps introduced)#R.
A. s. clarkei
(Shelley, 1903) – S Gabon, S Congo, S DRCongo and Tanzania (except NW) S to Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and E South Africa.
9 cm; 5·2-10·9 g. Male nominate race has crown to back and wings olive-green to olive-grey, rump and uppertail-coverts red, tail black with whitish on outer edges of lateral... read more
Calls high, thin, nasal downslurs, "seet", "sip" and "cheep", often... read more
Open grassy areas, seasonally wet grasslands, marshes, grassy woodland near water, and edges of... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds, including those of Digitaria milinjana, Hyparrhenia cymbaria, Melinus repens, Panicum... read more
Season Jun–Sept in Sudan, Dec in Ethiopia, Jul and Aug in Uganda, during regional rains in Kenya, Jan–Jun (mainly Mar–May... read more
Mainly resident; partly nomadic, some moving to drier grasslands during rains.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to scarce or rare. Rare to fairly common and generally very local in extreme NW of range; in Senegal and Gambia was formerly locally... read more
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