Purple Grenadier (Granatina ianthinogaster) - HBW 15, p. 328
French: Cordonbleu violacé
Spanish: Granadero Oriental
Other common names: Purple(-bellied) Waxbill
Taxonomy: Uraeginthus ianthinogaster Reichenow, 1879, Massa, on lower Tana River, Kenya.
Genus sometimes subsumed in Uraeginthus. May form a superspecies with G. granatina. Birds from Kisumu, in Kenya, described as race rothschildi, others from S R Guaso Nyiro, in Sotik district of Kenya, as race roosevelti, and birds from Bari, on R Shebelle, in Somalia, as race hawkeri, but none appears to exhibit any constant differences from those elsewhere in species' range. Treated as monotypic.
Distribution: S Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, NE Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
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VideosSee all 7 videos
A male walking and foraging on the grass Locality Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (ssp roosevelti)
Peter van Dam 29 August 2006 7 years ago 39 sec 4.6
A male and a female in a bush Locality Naro Moru River Lodge, Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya (ssp roosevelti)
Josep del Hoyo 15 August 2000 9 years ago 37 sec 4.5
A male attending a feeder, close to a Blue-capped Cordon-bleu male. Locality Parc Pairi Daiza (Paradisio), Cambron-Casteau, Brugelette, Hainaut Province, Belgium (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 4 June 2010 4 years ago 35 sec 4.4
A close-up of a male. Locality Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany
Josep del Hoyo 21 March 2008 6 years ago 28 sec 4.4
A pair feeding on grass seeds. Locality Dawa River, SNNP Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Keith Blomerley 29 October 2013 1 year ago 18 sec 4.2
A male in an acacia tree Locality Melka Guba, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp ugandae)
Josep del Hoyo 11 December 2005 9 years ago 19 sec 3.1
PhotosSee all 22 photos
The early morning sunlight added to his color. We saw 5-10 of these birds.
Locality Samburu-Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya
Lee Hunter 16 April 2014 1 year ago 4.6
A bird perched on a palm leaf.
Locality Tanzania (Monotypic species)
Pete Morris 1 March 2006 1 year ago 4.5
Locality Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, Tanzania (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 16 March 2006 1 year ago 4.4
Purple Grenadier (Granatina ianthinogaster)
Locality Negele Borana scrub, Negele Arsi, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Jacques Erard 15 October 2009 2 years ago 4.4
Juvenile foraging in the ground. Colours around eye are still developing.
Locality Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti, Tanzania
Rafael Vila 13 August 2014 17 weeks ago 4.3
male bird on top of a bush
Locality Mureru Farm, Naro Moru, Kenya
Axel Gollnisch 7 April 2013 2 years ago 4.3
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