Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Grey-headed Negrofinch (Nigrita canicapillus) - HBW 15, p. 306

French: Nigrette à calotte grise German: Graunackenschwärzling Spanish: Negrita Canosa
Other common names: Grey-headed Nigrita, Grey-crowned Negrofinch/Blackfinch; Western Negrofinch (emilae); Kungwe Negrofinch (candidus)

Taxonomy: Aethiops canicapillus Strickland, 1841, Bioko.
Races emiliae and candidus may represent two separate species. Nominate race intergrades with schistaceus in NE DRCongo. Proposed race sparsimguttatus, described from extreme NW Tanzania (Bukoba, on W L Victoria), treated as synonym of schistaceus. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • emiliae Sharpe, 1869 - Sierra Leone E to Togo.
  • canicapillus ( Strickland, 1841) - S Benin, S Nigeria and W & S Cameroon S, including Bioko I (Fernando Póo), to Gabon and PRCongo, E to N & C DRCongo.
  • schistaceus Sharpe, 1891 - S Sudan, E DRCongo, Uganda, Burundi, W Kenya and N Tanzania.

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  • emiliae Sharpe, 1869 - Sierra Leone E to Togo.
  • canicapillus ( Strickland, 1841) - S Benin, S Nigeria and W & S Cameroon S, including Bioko I (Fernando Póo), to Gabon and PRCongo, E to N & C DRCongo.
  • schistaceus Sharpe, 1891 - S Sudan, E DRCongo, Uganda, Burundi, W Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • angolensis Bannerman, 1921 - NW Angola and S DRCongo.
  • diabolicus ( Reichenow & Neumann, 1895) - montane C & SE Kenya S to N Tanzania (Crater Highlands, Mt Kilimanjaro).
  • candidus Moreau, 1942 - Mt Kungwe, in W Tanzania.
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