Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Peters's Twinspot (Hypargos niveoguttatus) - HBW 15, p. 333

French: Sénégali enflammé German: Tropfenastrild Spanish: Estrilda Golirroja
Other common names: Red-throated Twinspot

Taxonomy: Spermophaga niveoguttata W. K. H. Peters, 1868, Inhambane, Mozambique.
Forms a superspecies with H. margaritatus. Races differ minimally, and species sometimes regarded as monotypic. Proposed races idius (described from R Kihambwe, c. 29 km N of Kibondo, in NW Tanzania) and interior (from Sanyati I, on L Kariba, in NW Zimbabwe) are treated as synonyms of macrospilotus, as also is baddeleyi (described from Nacala, in NE Mozambique). Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • macrospilotus Mearns, 1913 - NE Angola, SE DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi, SE Kenya and S Somalia S to N Zimbabwe and N & C Mozambique (to S of R Zambezi).
  • niveoguttatus ( W. K. H. Peters, 1868) - E Zimbabwe and S Mozambique.

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