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African Firefinch

From Opus

Alternative name: Blue-billed Firefinch

Photo by louisdup
Photo by louisdup
Lagonosticta rubricata

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[edit] Identification

This is a small, wary but brightly coloured ground-feeding bird. It is also known as the Blue-billed Firefinch because of its bill colour.

[edit] Distribution

Africa south of the Sahara
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland

FemalePhoto by Alan MansonPietermaritzburg, South Africa, November 2006
Female
Photo by Alan Manson
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, November 2006

[edit] Taxonomy

Subspecies (Fry et al, 2004):

[edit] Habitat

Bush and tall grass. Thickets in thornveld, riverine scrub, forest edges and suburbia. In more moist habitats than most firefinches.

[edit] Behaviour

Feeds on small seeds and small insects on the ground.

[edit] References

  1. Fry H, Keith S,Woodcook M & Willis I. 2004. Birds of Africa Vol VII: Sparrows to Buntings. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0713665319
  2. Avibase

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