Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Red-faced Crimsonwing (Cryptospiza reichenovii) - HBW 15, p. 312

French: Astrild de Reichenow German: Bergastrild Spanish: Estrilda de Reichenow
Other common names: Nyasa/Reichenow's Crimsonwing

Taxonomy: Pytelia reichenovii Hartlaub, 1874, Bondongo, Cameroon.
Thought to form a superspecies with C. salvadorii. Proposed race homogenes, described from E Zimbabwe (Stapleford Forest Reserve, in Umtali district), treated as a synonym of australis. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • reichenovii ( Hartlaub, 1874) - SE Nigeria (Obudu Plateau), W Cameroon, Bioko I (Fernando Póo) and NW Angola (Gabela region).
  • ocularis Sharpe, 1902 - mountains of Albertine Rift in E DRCongo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
  • australis Shelley, 1896 - mountains in Tanzania, E Zambia, Malawi, W Mozambique and E Zimbabwe.

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