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Photo © by Tib78
Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, December 2014
Calandrella cinerea


Photo © by Dave Clark
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, August 2018

14–15 cm (5½-6 in)

  • Has a crest which is normally not obvious but is used as part of the courtship display.
  • Red Crown and patch at side of breast


Africa - North of 5 degrees South it is mainly confined to the highland areas of the East. Below 5 degrees South it is widespread.



Photo © by volker sthamer
Ngorongoro, Tanzania, September 2017

There are 9 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. rufipecta:
  • C. c. saturatior:
  • C. c. williamsi:
  • C. c. spleniata:
  • C. c. fulvida:
  • Southern Angola, southern Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • C. c. alluvia:
  • C. c. millardi:
  • Southern Botswana
  • C. c. cinerea:
  • C. c. niveni:


Found mostly on bare ground in small flocks.



Their diet consists mostly of seeds from grass and sedges, insects, such as caterpillars and bugs and snails.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)

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