Kenya Birds

Red-billed Firefinch


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Red-billed Firefinch

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Lagonosticta senegala

Other Names

    French Amarante du Sénégal, Amarante ŕ bec rouge, Sénégali amarante, Amarante commun   German Senegalamarant   Spanish Bengalí Senegalés   Swedish Rödnäbbad amarant   Dutch Vuurvink   Italian Fringuello sanguineo

World: Africa S of 20°N except for the western equatorial lowland forests.

Kenya: Common in higher rainfall areas but mostly absent from the arid northern and eastern regions.

The most common of Kenya's Firefinches, this is an approachable bird which is often found around human habitation. They feed in pairs or family groups on the ground. The adult male shows a lot of pink and red in its plumage but the females and juveniles are predominantly brown with the red confined to the rump and face. The individual pictured above is a juvenile which can be distinguished from the female by its lack of spots and by its two-tone bill (brown above and dull pink below). The Red-billed Firefinch is heavily parasitised by the Village Indigobird.

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