Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Black-bellied Seedcracker (Pyrenestes ostrinus) - HBW 15, p. 322

French: Pyréneste ponceau German: Purpurastrild Spanish: Estrilda Piquigorda Ventrinegra
Other common names: Savanna/Notch-billed Seedcracker; Rothschild's Seedcracker ("rothschildi"); Urungu Seedcracker ("frommi"); Large-billed Seedcracker ("maximus")

Taxonomy: Loxia ostrina Vieillot, 1805, India and Africa = southern Gabon coast.
May form a superspecies with P. minor and P. sanguineus, and the three sometimes treated as conspecific. Several races have been proposed, on basis of differences mainly in general size and in bill size and shape, e.g. relatively small rothschildi (described from Niger Delta, in Nigeria), larger and larger-billed frommi (from Kitungulu, in SW Tanzania), and still larger and huge-billed maximus (from Faradje, in NE DRCongo); individuals of each type, however, can be found together in some geographical areas, and they interbreed (pairing behaviour independent .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Loxia ostrina Vieillot, 1805, India and Africa = southern Gabon coast.
May form a superspecies with P. minor and P. sanguineus, and the three sometimes treated as conspecific. Several races have been proposed, on basis of differences mainly in general size and in bill size and shape, e.g. relatively small rothschildi (described from Niger Delta, in Nigeria), larger and larger-billed frommi (from Kitungulu, in SW Tanzania), and still larger and huge-billed maximus (from Faradje, in NE DRCongo); individuals of each type, however, can be found together in some geographical areas, and they interbreed (pairing behaviour independent of bill-size morph); in addition, intermediates occur, and nestlings of pairs of each size morph are identical in mouth colour and pattern. Treated as monotypic.

Distribution: Ghana, Togo, Nigeria and W & S Cameroon E to Central African Republic, SW Chad, extreme SE Sudan, Uganda and extreme W Kenya, S to N Angola, Zambia and SW Tanzania.

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