Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Black-tailed Waxbill (Estrilda perreini) - HBW 15, p. 315

French: Astrild à queue noire German: Schwarzschwanz-Schönbürzelastrild Spanish: Estrilda Colinegra
Other common names: Black-tailed (Lavender) Finch, (Black-tailed) Grey Waxbill, Black-tailed Lavender Waxbill, Lavender Waxbill(!)

Taxonomy: Fringilla Perreini Vieillot, 1817, Malimbe, Cabinda, Angola.
Has been thought to form a superspecies with E. caerulescens, possibly with E. thomensis included in same grouping. Proposed race poliogastra (described from Inhambane, in S Mozambique) is treated as a synonym of incana. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • perreini ( Vieillot, 1817) - S Gabon, S PRCongo, S & E DRCongo, Angola, Zambia, S Tanzania and Malawi.
  • incana Sundevall, 1850 - S Malawi, E Zimbabwe, Mozambique, N & E South Africa and E Swaziland.

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