African Silverbill (Euodice cantans) - HBW 15, p. 359
French: Capucin bec-d'argent
Spanish: Capuchino Picoplata Africano
Other common names: Silverbill, Warbling/Black-rumped Silverbill
Taxonomy: Loxia cantans J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Dakar, Senegal.
Genus often subsumed in Lonchura. May form a superspecies with E. malabarica; often treated as conspecific, but, in mixed-species populations in aviaries, the two tend to mate assortatively. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- cantans ( J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - C & S Mauritania and Senegambia E to Niger, N Nigeria, Chad and W & S Sudan; also S Algeria (origin of birds uncertain).
- orientalis ( Lorenz von Liburnau & Hellmayr, 1901) - extreme SE Egypt (Gebel Elba), E Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, N Uganda, Kenya and N Tanzania, and S Arabian Peninsula (SW Saudi Arabia, Yemen, W Oman).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 12 videos
One perched Locality Khawr Taqah, Dhofar Governorate, Oman (ssp orientalis)
Joe Angseesing 7 April 2010 2 years ago 25 sec 4.5
A single bird, part of a small flock, feeding on the seeds of a type of grass. Locality Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp cantans)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 November 2008 5 years ago 21 sec 4.4
A bird almost hidden in vegetation Locality Nianing, Thiès Region, Senegal (ssp cantans)
Juan Sanabria 9 January 2007 7 years ago 41 sec 4.4
A flock of African Warbling Silverbills enjoying a cool birdbath on a very hot day. Locality Chad
Diane Vanderkooi 8 May 2013 1 year ago 12 sec 4
Three female-plumaged birds perched and calling Locality Saudi Arabia (ssp orientalis)
John Gregory 30 April 2002 7 years ago 6 sec 3.7
bird on a stalk Locality Samburu-Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya
Keith and Lynn Youngs 2 December 2013 37 weeks ago 20 sec 3.6
PhotosSee all 24 photos
Break on the pipe
Locality Jizan Province, Saudi Arabia
mansorea 16 May 2014 33 weeks ago 4.7
A bird drinking in flight.
Locality Tawi Atayr, Dhofar Governorate, Oman (ssp orientalis)
Hanne and Jens Eriksen 2 years ago 4.6
Locality Jizan Province, Saudi Arabia (ssp orientalis)
Omar Alshaheen 10 November 2013 13 weeks ago 4.2
Three perched birds.
Locality Salalah, Dhofar Governorate, Oman (ssp orientalis)
Fran Trabalon 5 January 2011 3 years ago 4
An african silverbill perched in a bush.
Locality Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Frank Sandvoss 21 January 2012 3 years ago 3.9
Two birds eating seeds.
mohammmmad alamin khogaly... 2 years ago 3.8
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