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Red-billed or black-bellied firefinch, Uganda

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Old Sunday 15th July 2018, 10:23   #1
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Red-billed or black-bellied firefinch, Uganda

Seen in Entebbe today.

The eye ring isn't so yellow, the mandible appears pink below and darker-blacker above, there are no white spots on the flanks, the vent is dark entending on to the belly. It doesn't look a great fit for red-billed which I know well.

However, there are apparently two white spots on the forehead (?) and can the vent be other than solid black for black-bellied. I only know black-bellied from books.

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Old Sunday 15th July 2018, 11:06   #2
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Red-billed, note the eye ring which is absent in Black-bellied.



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Balck-bellied has an eye ring. Here is one of many examples
http://www.avitoon.nl/en/exotic-bird...ied-firefinch/
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The field guide is bad on this then.
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I do not have a field guide for the area but used HBW alive and the linked IBC. I am curious if it is correct that the color of the undertail coverts excludes Black-bellied? that is my impression from looking at those images.

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Red-billed for me. I think the contrast between upper and lower bill would be much greater for black-bellied, the eye ring weaker (less clear yellow) and the lower belly etc much darker
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Agreed, Red-billed for me too
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It is a usual Red-billed as it is abundant in Entebbe while Black-bellied, that has blacker vent and belly indeed, and longer bill, is at best rare there.
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Thanks everyone. Red-billed it is.
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