Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus) - HBW 15, p. 327
French: Cordonbleu à joues rouges
Spanish: Azulito Carirrojo
Other common names: Crimson-cheeked/Red-cheeked Blue Waxbill, Cordon-bleu
Taxonomy: Fringilla bengalus Linnaeus, 1766, Senegal.
Occasionally hybridizes with U. angolensis in S Tanzania (Songea, Mikindani). Proposed race littoralis (described from Mombasa, in Kenya) treated as a synonym of brunneigularis. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- bengalus ( Linnaeus, 1766) - S Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Ghana E to S Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia, S to W Cameroon, Central African Republic, NE DRCongo, Rwanda and Kenya (W of Rift Valley, S to L Victoria).
- brunneigularis Mearns, 1911 - S Somalia and Kenya (from L Baringo E to coast) S to NE Tanzania (S to North Pare Mts and Tanga).
- ugogensis Reichenow, 1911 - S Kenya (Mara) and Tanzania (from Serengeti and Mt Kilimanjaro S to Rukwa, Usanga Flats and Iringa).
- katangae Vincent, 1934 - S & SE DRCongo (S Kasai, Katanga), NE Angola and N Zambia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 33 videos
A female drinking in a puddle. Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp bengalus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 8 years ago 25 sec 4.6
A close view of a perched male in an acacia tree. Locality Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp bengalus)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 November 2008 5 years ago 43 sec 4.4
A male feeding in short grass Locality Liben Plains, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp bengalus)
Keith Blomerley 31 October 2013 51 weeks ago 25 sec 4.3
A male feeding on the ground Locality Atlantic Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp bengalus)
Dave Jackson 18 November 2006 7 years ago 18 sec 4.3
A male and two females feeding on the ground Locality Paraa village, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp bengalus)
Josep del Hoyo 28 August 2006 7 years ago 32 sec 4.1
A concentration of males and females drinking in a water tank Locality Abijatta-Shalla National Park, Ethiopia (ssp bengalus)
Josep del Hoyo 20 December 2005 8 years ago 51 sec 4.1
PhotosSee all 48 photos
Locality Mombasa, Kenya (ssp brunneigularis)
Kevin B Agar 12 February 2011 3 years ago 4.5
a male in a bush
Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp bengalus)
Stefan Helming 11 November 2009 5 years ago 4.5
Locality Mombasa, Kenya
Kevin B Agar 20 January 2014 38 weeks ago 4.4
Perched in a tree
Locality Bahir Dar, Amhara Region, Ethiopia
John A Thompson 2 years ago 4.4
A female in a tree.
mohammmmad alamin khogaly... 1 year ago 4.2
Male perched in a tree
Locality Kiboko, Kenya (ssp brunneigularis Mearns, 1911)
James Kashangaki 6 September 2014 14 weeks ago 4
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