- Estrilda atricapilla
10–10·5 cm (4-4¼ in)
- Black forehead, crown and nape to lores
Has been considered conspecific with Kandt's Waxbill in the past.
There are 3 subspecies:
- E. a. atricapilla:
- E. a. avakubi:
- E. a. marunguensis:
- South-eastern Zaire (Marungu Mountains)
Rain forest edges, bracken, grass and marshy clearings, plantations, villages near forests. Seen at heights of 2,510m.
The diet consists of small grass seeds, ants and flying termites. They take the seeds both from the ground and the growing stems.
- 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/
BF Member observations
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Black-headed Waxbill. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 12 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Black-headed_Waxbill