Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis) - HBW 15, p. 326

French: Cordonbleu d'Angola German: Blauastrild Spanish: Azulito Angoleño
Other common names: Southern Blue Waxbill, Blue-breasted Waxbill, Southern/Blue-cheeked/Blue-breasted/Angola Cordon-bleu

Taxonomy: Fringilla angolensis Linnaeus, 1758, Angola.
Occasionally hybridizes with U. bengalus in S Tanzania (Songea, Mikindani), where a few males have red patch on the ear-coverts. Males with red on ear-coverts occur rarely in S Zambia and N South Africa (in areas remote from U. bengalus) and one record in NW Zambia (near range of latter), but the two species are broadly sympatric in N & C Tanzania and in SE DRCongo (Kasai and Katanga), where little evidence of interbreeding. Proposed race natalensis (described from KwaZulu-Natal, in E South Africa) treated as a synonym of niassensis. Three subspecies recognized.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Fringilla angolensis Linnaeus, 1758, Angola.
Occasionally hybridizes with U. bengalus in S Tanzania (Songea, Mikindani), where a few males have red patch on the ear-coverts. Males with red on ear-coverts occur rarely in S Zambia and N South Africa (in areas remote from U. bengalus) and one record in NW Zambia (near range of latter), but the two species are broadly sympatric in N & C Tanzania and in SE DRCongo (Kasai and Katanga), where little evidence of interbreeding. Proposed race natalensis (described from KwaZulu-Natal, in E South Africa) treated as a synonym of niassensis. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • angolensis ( Linnaeus, 1758) - São Tomé, NW Angola (including Cabinda), SW DRCongo and NW Zambia.
  • cyanopleurus Wolters, 1963 - S Angola, W Zambia (W of Kafue National Park), W & NW Zimbabwe, N Namibia, N Botswana and N South Africa (S to North West Province and Free State).
  • niassensis Reichenow, 1911 - Tanzania, S & SE DRCongo, Zambia (E of Kafue National Park), Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe (except W) S to NE South Africa (N Limpopo S to KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape) and Swaziland.

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