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Black-headed Waxbill - BirdForum Opus

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


10–10·5 cm (4-4¼ in)

  • Black forehead, crown and nape to lores


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


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


There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • 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.


  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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