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 6 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 50 weeks ago 20 sec 3.6
PhotosSee all 28 photos
Break on pipe
Locality Jizan Province, Saudi Arabia
mansorea 16 May 2014 46 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 26 weeks ago 4.2
An adult bird
Locality Sewerby Hall & Gardens, Sewerby, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain
Andy Emmerson 18 May 2014 7 weeks ago 4
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