Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Ethiopian Crimsonwing (Cryptospiza salvadorii) - HBW 15, p. 313

French: Astrild de Salvadori German: Salvadoriastrild Spanish: Estrilda de Salvadori
Other common names: Abyssinian/Salvadori's Crimsonwing, Crimson-backed Forest-finch

Taxonomy: Cryptospiza salvadorii Reichenow, 1892, Shoa (Shewa), Ethiopia.
Thought to form a superspecies with C. reichenovii. Proposed race crystallochresta (described from Challa, in SW Ethiopia) synonymized with nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • salvadorii Reichenow, 1892 - Ethiopia and N Kenya.
  • kilimensis Moreau & W. L. Sclater, 1934 - S Sudan, E Uganda, W, C & S Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • ruwenzori W. L. Sclater, 1925 - mountains of Albertine Rift (in E DRCongo, SW Uganda, W Rwanda and W Burundi).

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