- Lagonosticta senegala
9-10cm (3½-4 in).
- Scarlet head, neck, breast and belly
- Brownish wings and vent area
- Scarlet rump and upper tail
- Tip of tail black
- Reddish-pink Bill
- Yellow eyering
Sub-Saharan Africa :
Northern Africa: occurs only in Algeria
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland
African Islands: Cape Verde
Lagonosticta senegala has six subspecies:
- L. s. senegala
- L. s. rhodopsis
- L. s. ruberrima
- L. s. brunneiceps
- L. s. somaliensis
- L. s. rendalli
Grassland with acacia thornbush, thickets and cultivated areas.
They can often be found with other species such as the Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu.
Diet consists mostly of small grass seeds and grain.
Song: a rising chick-pea-pea-pea.
- 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/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2016)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Red-billed Firefinch. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 26 February 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Red-billed_Firefinch