Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus) - HBW 15, p. 327

French: Cordonbleu à joues rouges German: Schmetterlingsastrild 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.

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