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African Firefinch - BirdForum Opus

Includes Pale-billed Firefinch = Landana Firefinch
Alternative name: Blue-billed Firefinch

Photo by louisdup
Lagonosticta rubricata


This is a small, wary but brightly coloured ground-feeding bird. It is also known as the Blue-billed Firefinch because of its bill colour.


Africa south of the Sahara
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, eSwatini

Photo by Alan Manson
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, November 2006



Clements recognizes these subspecies[1]:

Subspecies landanae was formerly considered a full species (Pale-billed Firefinch = Landana Firefinch), but it is now considered too similar to this species to uphold that status.


Bush and tall grass. Thickets in thornveld, riverine scrub, forest edges and suburbia. In more moist habitats than most firefinches.


Feeds on small seeds and small insects on the ground.


  1. Fry H, Keith S,Woodcook M & Willis I. 2004. Birds of Africa Vol VII: Sparrows to Buntings. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0713665319
  2. Avibase

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