Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Black-crowned Waxbill (Estrilda nonnula) - HBW 15, p. 321

French: Astrild nonnette German: Nonnenastrild Spanish: Estrilda Monjita
Other common names: Blackcap(ped)/White-breasted Waxbill

Taxonomy: Astrilda nonnula Hartlaub, 1883, Kudurma, south Sudan.
Sometimes placed with E. atricapilla and E. kandti in a separate genus, Krimhilda. Recent studies of mitochondrial phylogeny indicate that this species and nominate race of E. kandti form a sister-clade to nominate race and race avakubi of E. atricapilla. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • nonnula Hartlaub, 1883 - SE Nigeria (Mambilla and Obudu Plateaux, Gashaka-Gumti Game Reserve) and Cameroon E to NC & S Central African Republic, SE Sudan, Uganda and W Kenya, S to NW Gabon, N & E DRCongo (S to Itombwe Highlands) and NW Tanzania.
  • eisentrauti Wolters, 1964 - Mt Cameroon (W Cameroon).
  • elizae Alexander, 1903 - Bioko I (Fernando Póo).

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