Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Black-faced Firefinch (Lagonosticta larvata) - HBW 15, p. 336

French: Amarante masqué German: Larvenamarant Spanish: Amaranta Carinegra
Other common names: Black-throated/Masked/Dusky Firefinch; Grey (Black-faced) Firefinch (vinacea, nigricollis); Vinaceous Firefinch/Waxbill (vinacea)

Taxonomy: Amadina larvata Rüppell, 1840, Simien, northern Ethiopia.
Races vinacea and nigricollis sometimes treated together as forming a separate species, differing from nominate in the amount of red, pink and grey in plumage; in preliminary mitochondrial phylogeny, however, nominate race (from Ethiopia) and nigricollis (from Cameroon) appear closer to each other than to vinacea (from Senegal and Gambia) and share a more recent common ancestor; no apparent differences among races in vocalizations. Proposed race togoensis (described from Kete Kratschi, in Togo) is treated as a synonym of nigricollis. Three subspecies .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Amadina larvata Rüppell, 1840, Simien, northern Ethiopia.
Races vinacea and nigricollis sometimes treated together as forming a separate species, differing from nominate in the amount of red, pink and grey in plumage; in preliminary mitochondrial phylogeny, however, nominate race (from Ethiopia) and nigricollis (from Cameroon) appear closer to each other than to vinacea (from Senegal and Gambia) and share a more recent common ancestor; no apparent differences among races in vocalizations. Proposed race togoensis (described from Kete Kratschi, in Togo) is treated as a synonym of nigricollis. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • vinacea ( Hartlaub, 1857) - Senegal and Gambia E to Guinea and W Mali (to Mandinga Mts).
  • nigricollis Heuglin, 1863 - S Mali E to W & S Sudan, NE DRCongo (Uele) and Uganda.
  • larvata ( Rüppell, 1840) - extreme E Sudan (Gallabat) and Ethiopia.

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