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Alternative name: Orange-breasted Waxbill

Amandava subflava
Male
Photo by rudydbn
Eston, KZN, South Africa, February 2006

Identification

9cm

  • Reddish iris
  • Orange breast
  • Red bill
  • Dark olive-green plumage

Male

  • Red rump
  • Dark bars on whitish flank
  • Scarlet eyebrow stripe

Female: duller and smaller than male and lacks the red eyebrow

Distribution

Sub Saharan Africa and Middle East
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, eSwatini
Middle East: Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

Taxonomy

Some authorities place this species in the genus Sporaeginthus.

Subspecies

There are two recognized subspecies.1

  • A. s. subflava:
  • A. s. clarkei:

Habitat

Grassland and savannas.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes seeds, insects and shoots.

Breeding

The clutch of 4-6 eggs is laid in an oval-shaped nest made from grass.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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