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Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Black-headed Waxbill (Estrilda atricapilla) - HBW 15, p. 321

French: Astrild à tête noire German: Kappenastrild Spanish: Estrilda Capirotada
Other common names: Grey-breasted Waxbill

Taxonomy: Estrelda atricapilla J. Verreaux and É. Verreaux, 1851, Gabon.
Sometimes placed with E. kandti and E. nonnula in a separate genus, Krimhilda. May form a superspecies with E. kandti, and formerly considered conspecific. Recent studies of mitochondrial phylogeny indicate that nominate race and race avakubi appear as a sister-clade to E. nonnula and nominate race of E. kandti. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • atricapilla J. Verreaux & É. Verreaux, 1851 - S Cameroon S to PRCongo, E to NE DRCongo.
  • avakubi Traylor, 1964 - NW & NE Angola (Cabinda, N Lunda Norte) and SW & C DRCongo.
  • marungensis Prigogine, 1975 - Marungu Mts, in SE DRCongo.

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