Alternative name: Black-throated Firefinch
- Lagonosticta larvata
Includes Vinaceous Firefinch
Length 10-12 cm (4-4Â¾ in)
The male is distinguished from other firefinches by its black face.
The female is the only pale-vented firefinch with a dark bill (other than juvenile Red-billed and Bar-breasted Firefinches). Breast colour varies geographically (see subspecies).
Africa between 15°N and the equator.
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda
Lagonosticta larvata has three or four subspecies:1
- Senegal to Guinea and western Mali
- Breast mauve-pink
- Regarded as a separate species (called Vinaceous or Black-faced Firefinch) by some authors2
Ranges from dry thicket to grassland and bamboo.
Thinly distributed. Usually found in pairs or small groups; often with waxbills.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Gill F & Wright M. 2008. Birds of the World: Recommended English Names. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, USA. 2006. ISBN 9780691128276 Update (2008) downloaded from http://worldbirdnames.org/names.html.
- Sinclair I & Ryan P. 2003. Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0620207299
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