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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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 8 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 4.5
Purple Grenadier (Granatina ianthinogaster)
Locality Negele Borana scrub, Negele Arsi, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Jacques Erard 15 October 2009 1 year 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 5 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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