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 35 videos
A bird taking a bath. Locality Makasutu Nature Forest, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp bengalus)
Yoel Jimenez 4 November 2015 39 weeks ago 28 sec 5
A bird taking a bath. Locality Faraba Banta Bush Track, Faraba Banta, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp bengalus)
Yoel Jimenez 14 November 2014 1 year ago 12 sec 4.8
A female drinking in a puddle. Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp bengalus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 10 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 7 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 2 years ago 25 sec 4.3
A male feeding on the ground Locality Atlantic Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp bengalus)
Dave Jackson 18 November 2006 8 years ago 18 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 60 photos
An extremely cute looking busy bird
Locality Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Subramanya_CK 30 October 2015 10 weeks ago 4.8
Locality Brufut, Western Division, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 3 November 2012 49 weeks ago 4.8
A female on the ground
Locality Banjul, The Gambia
Paul van Giersbergen 17 April 2014 49 weeks ago 4.8
Male sitting on a rock eating seed
Locality Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, Tanzania
GunnarPettersson 27 November 2005 1 year ago 4.7
A male on the ground
Locality Banjul, The Gambia
Paul van Giersbergen 17 April 2014 49 weeks ago 4.6
Locality Mombasa, Kenya
Kevin B Agar 20 January 2014 2 years ago 4.6
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