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Black-headed Waxbill - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Tom Tarrant
Ruhija, Bwindi National Park, Uganda, January 2006
Estrilda atricapilla

Identification

10–10·5 cm (4-4¼ in)

  • Black forehead, crown and nape to lores

Distribution

Africa
Western Africa: Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi

Taxonomy

Has been considered conspecific with Kandt's Waxbill in the past.

Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • E. a. atricapilla:
  • E. a. avakubi:
  • E. a. marunguensis:
  • South-eastern Zaire (Marungu Mountains)

Habitat

Rain forest edges, bracken, grass and marshy clearings, plantations, villages near forests. Seen at heights of 2,510m.

Behaviour

The diet consists of small grass seeds, ants and flying termites. They take the seeds both from the ground and the growing stems.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase

BF Member observations

  1. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)

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