Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Cinderella Waxbill (Estrilda thomensis) - HBW 15, p. 315

French: Astrild de Sao Tomé German: Cinderella-Schönbürzelastrild Spanish: Estrilda Cenicienta
Other common names: Sao Tome/Neumann's Waxbill, Red-flanked Lavender Waxbill

Taxonomy: Estrelda thomensis Sousa, 1888, São Tomé, Gulf of Guinea.
Was earlier sometimes referred to by name E. cinderella (described from Benguela, in W Angola), but present name has priority. Type specimen said to have originated from São Tomé, but documentation uncertain; species not recorded there since, and it is believed that its presence at that time, if true, was probably result of escape from captivity. Has sometimes been thought to be part of a superspecies formed by E. perreini and E. caerulescens. Monotypic.

Distribution: W Angola and extreme NW Namibia (R Cunene).

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