Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Bar-breasted Firefinch (Lagonosticta rufopicta) - HBW 15, p. 338

French: Amarante pointé German: Pünktchenamarant Spanish: Amaranta Barrada
Other common names: Speckled Firefinch

Taxonomy: Estrilda rufopicta Fraser, 1843, Cape Coast Castle, Ghana.
Forms a superspecies with L. nitidula, and sometimes considered conspecific. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rufopicta ( Fraser, 1843) - Senegal, Gambia, SW Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Sierra Leone E to Nigeria, Cameroon, S Chad and Central African Republic.
  • lateritia Heuglin, 1864 - S Sudan, NE DRCongo, W Ethiopia, Uganda and SW Kenya.

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