Alternative name: Blue-billed Firefinch
- Lagonosticta rubricata
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.
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
Subspecies (Fry et al, 2004):
- L. r. rubricata: South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique south of the Save River.
- L. r. landanae: Cabina, lower Congo, western Angola.
- L. r. haematocephala: East Africa; Ethiopia to Uganda and south to Zimbabwe and Mozambique north of the Save River.
- L. r. congica: Cameroon to southern Sudan, western Uganda and Zaire.
- L. r. polionata: Guinea to Nigeria.
Bush and tall grass. Thickets in thornveld, riverine scrub, forest edges and suburbia. In more moist habitats than most firefinches.
Feeds on small seeds and small insects on the ground.
- Fry H, Keith S,Woodcook M & Willis I. 2004. Birds of Africa Vol VII: Sparrows to Buntings. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0713665319
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) African Firefinch. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 17 October 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/African_Firefinch